Laughs at Tavern

THE New Barrack Tavern in Hillsborough will be rolling out a barrel of mirth on Sunday with the monthly Magners Funhouse Comedy Club.

Headliner Cole Parker exploded on to the comedy circuit in 2000 when he was nominated the UK’s best new comedian.

Cole now regularly plays the premier comedy clubs throughout the UK and overseas and has earned an enviable reputation as a professional, highly original, first-rate comic and compere. His intelligent, occasionally dark material is delivered with generous spoonfuls of charm.

Also appearing are rising Scouse star Peter McCole, highly-rated Manchester youngster Jay Hampson and musical comedy act Peter Marshall and The Lomos, as well as compere Ben Harrington.

Author’s prize hope

A LECTURER at Sheffield Hallam University is in with a chance of winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction with a book that was almost never published.

Jane Rogers, professor of writing on the university’s renowned MA in Creative Writing, has been included on the prize’s longlist of 13 for her novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

Her eighth novel, it was turned down by a number of mainstream publishers before it was taken on by the small Scottish independent Sandstone Press.

The Testament of Jessie Lamb portrays a near-future world in which pregnant women are dying of an incurable disease. It follows teenager Jessie Lamb and her determination to make her life count for something in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism.

The author said: “With this novel, I wanted to explore that moment when the power shifts and a teenager becomes independent from her parents.”

The 13 titles on the Man Booker longlist were chosen by a panel of judges from a total of 138 books. Rogers was previously longlisted in 1991 for her novel Mr Wroe’s Virgins.

A shortlist of six authors will be announced in September, while the winner will be announced in October.

The winner will receive £50,000 and the six shortlisted authors will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.

Club’s London calling

SHEFFIELD Photographic Society has had its best year ever in the number of entries which have been accepted for this year’s London Salon Annual Exhibition which opened this week.

The London Salon of Photography is an annual show of the best of pictorial photographic imagery selected from print entries from all over the world.

Six members of Sheffield Photographic Society have had a total of eight entries accepted.

Society president Judy Smith said: “We are particularly proud as this is the Centenary Year of the London Salon of Photography and competition was especially fierce.”

Accepted images and information on the exhibition which runs until August 11 can be viewed at

Established for more than 100 years Sheffield Photographic Society has over 100 members. It holds its own annual exhibition of members’ images in February at Sheffield Cathedral. There will also be an exhibition of members’ work at the Winter Garden from November 7-13.