Hello and welcome to Slap Magazine November issue, a full a varied edition it is too. Ive said it before but it never ceases to amaze me just how much creativity and enthusiasm there is for the arts in the Three Shires. So dont let the cold weather stop you from exploring the rich and diverse creative scene around these parts...

Within these pages we publish the winner and runners-up in the Worcester Music Festival photography competition. If you went to the presentation at the Paul Pry youll know just how high the standard was agin this year. If you missed it then visit Paadiddles caf & music bar in Sidbury where the 20 finalists shots will be on display throughout November.

We bring news of the very successful Worcester Stands Tall big Giraffe auction which raised over 200k for St. Richards Hospice. We look forward to a contemporary art exhibition by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE by Meadow Arts and Hereford Cathedral.

Our front cover, a painting by artist John Piper, has a slightly halloween feel about it showing Orcop Church in Herefordshire along with its graveyard foreground.

As usual we feature some of the latest releases by local artists, interviews, reviews and gigs, including a look back at the John Bonham Festival celebration in Redditch town centre.

Our gig previews include the Triple Header at the Marrs Bar on the 18th November featuring Chris Helme (The Seahorses, Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Nigel Clark (Dodgy) which simply cannot be missed but, tickets are selling fast so be warned!

See you next month...

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