The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]
18th February 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Rolo Tomassi confounding expectations, breaking rules and baffling audiences around the world. One of the UK’s most audacious, fearless, boldest and admirable alternative acts, they’re music is constantly evolving, proving just as difficult to pigeon-hole as it was a decade ago. On the cusp of releasing [...]
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. But for Claudio Simonetti, the brains behind the film’s iconic soundtrack, it feels like it was just yesterday him and his bandmates were given just ten days to magic something up using just their guitars and harpsichord.
This came through the door this week: the proof for the second novel by Benjamin Wood, author of The Bellwether Revivals, which I haven’t read. I’m not entirely sure this new one, which is published in July, is my kind of thing either, but I love the cover, with its two versions of the (exact?) [...]
Vivian French is the hugely popular author of over 200 children’s books, including the Tiara Club and Tales from the Five Kingdoms series as well as non-fiction books such as Caterpillar Butterfly and Growing Frogs. She took some time out from visiting schools in Birmingham as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to [...]
Leeds based riff factory Hawk Eyes have just released their brilliant new album Everything is Fine, their third full-length release, which is available to stream in full below. It sees the band expanding their musical horizons, with a more focused and direct approach to that found on either 2010’s Modern Bodies or 2012’s Ideas.
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Ghostly International’s Lord Raja shares his five favourite tracks – including one by Prince which is near-impossible to find…
With their third album, ‘Keep You’ Maryland’s Pianos Become The Teeth have tempered their abrasive edge and embraced a more organic subtler sound. In doing so, they have created their best and most accessible album to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss fan reaction, remote recording and never being pigeon-holed.
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Welcome to the Scottish Book Trust’s children’s book blog! If you’re 16 or under and love a good story, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re a parent, teacher or anyone else with an interest in children’s reading, this is for you too. And if you’re an aspiring children’s writer or illustrator, there’ll [...]
Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]
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