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Piggott’s post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on “real life”

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 27 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise, Arts

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 11:01 pm

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’, Music

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:50 pm

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren, Arts

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren

This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something

Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 2:39 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan

CB Editions has been having quite a time of it in the media spotlight recently, with a Goldmsiths Prize shortlisting for Will Eaves’s ‘exploded novel’ The Absent Therapist, and now a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award for May-Lan Tan’s excellent debut collection of stories, Things to Make and Break.
As you can see, there [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 1:59 pm

Jim Bob and Fruitbat reveal what stopped Carter USM, Music

Jim Bob and Fruitbat reveal what stopped Carter USM

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine has been stopped… but why now? Jim Bob and Fruit Bat reveal all ahead of their farewell show in Brixton this weekend.

By | Music | Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 9:05 am

Introducing: FALLS, Arts

Introducing: FALLS

Hailing from Deeside in North Wales, FALLS specialise in a unique amalgamation of crackpot musical ideas and invention. Citing their influences as “all of the things,” FALLS’s sound is a tricky beast to pin down, but if you were to take the wild chaotic live show of Baby Godzilla, the freaky spindly guitar lines of [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saytek on his labour of love and renewed focus, Music

Saytek on his labour of love and renewed focus

aytek, AKA Joseph Keevil, doesn’t do things by halves. As well as being involved in house and techno for well over a decade, he’s a family man who juggles being a father with refining his craft and performing regularly across the UK and Europe.

By | Music | Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 2:40 pm

Check out Al Dobson Jr’s happy hour, Arts

Check out Al Dobson Jr’s happy hour

London DJ collective Brand New Wayo kick off a new guestmix series with an hour of music from Bristol’s Al Dobson Jr.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 November 2014 at 2:29 pm

Alesso: ‘I just bring good emotions to people’, Arts

Alesso: ‘I just bring good emotions to people’

Sweden’s latest prize EDM export reveals how he went from being a humble bedroom producer to passing Kanye West in the corridors of Def Jam Records.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 November 2014 at 10:11 am

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