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IT is the competition that will encourage hanging gardens to be made from chimneys or swimming pools from derelict land.

And Sheffield’s Forgotten Spaces contest - a scheme in which designers, architects and artists are asked to come up with a way to transform wasteland - has proven so popular the deadline for registering an interest has been extended to April 13.

The person or group who come up with the best design will win £5,000.

Details at wwww.architecture.com/forgottenspacessheffield

A stitch in time

THEY’RE going to be alive and stitching at a Barlow gallery.

A six-strong textile-based group of professional artists will be showing off their threads in a new exhibition at the Art Room in Greenways.

There will be large wall hangings, floor displays and a variety of intricately worked pieces by Peggy Fearne, Lynne Garbutt, Diane Gilder, Anne Menary, Jo Owen and Ann Parkin.

The exhibition, May 28 - June 25, will be linked with the gallery’s first anniversary celebrations.

Novel influences

A BEAUTIFUL woman? A TV star? The year 1974?

These are the main ingredients of the debut novel, Hangman’s Got The Blues, by Sheffield City Council worker John Featherstone.

“Think of it as The Sweeney meets Mills & Boon soundtracked by the Faces,” the 28-year-old, of Shoreham Street, city centre, says.

Your Diarist hasn’t read the book but with cultural references like that, how can you not want it to succeed?

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