Creative Island

The Isle of Wight has a rich history of incredible creative talent. Home to famous poets, writers and photographers in the Victorian age, the talent is still strong today.

From artists and photographers to poets, theatre groups, live music and more, there is always something cultural to report on or feature. If we’ve written about it, this is where you’ll find it.

Calling all photographers: Don’t miss deadline for National Trust Photographic competition

Headon Warren

Both amateur and professional photographers are being encouraged to enter the competition, which has as its theme 'Our space to explore'.

Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 9:30am

By Sally Perry

Appley Tower’s history celebrated at Monkton Arts Centre exhibition

appley tower

A two-week exhibition celebrating the heritage of Appley Tower in Ryde opens on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 8:36am

By Michael Lilley with 3 readers' comments

Fat Earthers, Luna Tear and Wet Leg to raise the roof at The Rose

Fat Earthers performing on stage

Fat Earthers are back at The Rose on Saturday night and it's going to be a good one, with support from Luna Tear and Wet Leg, as well as DJs.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 6:41pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight author and historian, MJ Trow, releases latest Ripperology book

interpreting the ripper letters - book cover

If you're a fan of crime novels, you might find it hard to put down MJ Trow's latest book which gives a fascinating insight into the world surrounding Ripper correspondence.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 9:02am

By Sally Perry

Stealing Dylan exhibition opens at Dimbola next week

Dylan and the Festival organisers in 1969

Dimbola to host exhibition revealing how the biggest star on the planet, was wooed by two amateur music promoters, to headline on a small island.

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 7:02pm

By Elissa Blizzard with one comment

Platform One College of Music reveal ‘incredible results for the 19th year’

platform one guitar close up

Well done to all those involved in yet another year of fantastic results for students at Platform One College of Music.

Wednesday, 14th August, 2019 11:15am

By Dave Pontin

Story of missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles out next month

Being released in September, the mother of Isle of Wight missing teenager, Damien Nettles, tells the full, perplexing story of her son’s disappearance.

Monday, 12th August, 2019 5:20pm

By Sally Perry

Latest comic in Commando series set on the Isle of Wight

a page from radar raiders

You can meet the writer this Saturday from midday at Heroes Comic Shop in Newport when he'll be signing copies of Radar Raiders.

Monday, 12th August, 2019 8:46am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Last chance to see Iconic Bowie exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries

bowie by terry oneill and kevin cummins

There's just over a week left to see the stunning Iconic Bowie exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries. Don't miss out, it's quite something.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 11:14am

By Sally Perry

Discover the power of music at Mountbatten’s foot-tapping folk night

Mountbatten folk night

Mountbatten music concerts are for everyone and anyone to attend. They hope as many people as possible find out the hospice is a warm and inviting place where memories can be made.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 8:40am

By Emma Topping

Bob Dylan releases previously unheard composition at Million Dollar Bash on the Isle of Wight

Bob Dylan performing on stage in 1969

Fifty years after Bob Dylan made his now-legendary appearance at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, he's made an incredible gesture to a new festival about to honour the anniversary.

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 8:52am

By Bill Bradshaw

Apollo Youth Theatre offer five-days of acting workshops with public show at Open Day

kids on stage at apollo youth theatre

The five days of acting workshops for 8-18 year olds ends with a public performance at the Apollo Theatre.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 5:41pm

By Mish Whitmore