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Margate's Food Stories - Pie Days and Holidays

April 24th, 2011

Episode 69 of 661 episodes

Margate's Food Stories - Pie Days and Holidays. The Food Programme follows Sophie Herxheimer an artist who collects and draws food stories. For four months she has been travelling around the seaside town of Margate in the south east to bring people's food memories to life through art. Her aim is to create an exhibition and a book to celebrate the people of the town and give them an opportunity to share personal stories. Once a thriving holiday destination for Londoners Margate is now trying to find a new identity. The recently opened Turner Contemporary Gallery is one step in that process. Sophie Herxheimer is hoping the food stories, and her drawings will also make a contribution to Margate's future. The project was launched at Christmas in the town's Tudor House and produced a wide range of stories; funny, sad, nostalgic, joyful, eccentric and thought provoking. People were invited to sit down, talk and watch their memories appear as Sophie drew them live. The work has been building up to the Easter bank holiday weekend when all of Sophie's drawings will be unveiled to the public. Producer: Dan Saladino Reporter: Sara Parker.

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