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Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom, Arts

Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom

My recommendations for February are Weasels by Elys Dolan, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and In Bloom by Matthew Crow.

By | Arts, Notebook | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 11:15 pm

Ones to watch in 2014, Arts

Ones to watch in 2014

Each of the following artists have been able to express themselves in distinct ways. Their music ranges from sounds of delicacy, hard thudding beats, intercepting vocals to stimulating rhyming schemes.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 24 February 2014 at 4:29 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Book covers inspired by…, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Book covers inspired by…

In search of something else entirely I was flicking through Alan Powers’s book Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design and spotted something that made me stop. It was a cover by Alvin Lustig – for Kafka’s Amerika, in its 1948 New Directions American edition – that reminded me (more than reminded me!) of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 12:28 pm

XO Man interview: “I’m a true believer in working with what works and pleases me. I couldn’t careless about an artists twitter following or hype. My only concern is their work ethic, drive and talent.”, Arts

XO Man interview: “I’m a true believer in working with what works and pleases me. I couldn’t careless about an artists twitter following or hype. My only concern is their work ethic, drive and talent.”

Catching up with XO man, he speaks about his prgression as an artist, the concept behind his latest track collaboration with Ed Sheeran and the UK music industry.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 12:15 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Dig, by Cynan Jones, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Dig, by Cynan Jones

I picked up a copy of Cynan Jones’s The Dig from a display in The Book Hive, a favourite independent bookshop in Norwich, just before taking a train, and in fact at 158 pages (and more on that below) it is very well suited to a journey of a couple of hours.

By | Arts | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 12:47 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Help me build an A-Z of book covers, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Help me build an A-Z of book covers

Rather taken with this cover for Viking’s The Poetry of Sex, I’ve decided to build an A-Z of book covers with single letter-led designs. Some are easy. Some harder. Some are great. Some less so. Can you help me fill the gaps?

By | Arts | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 12:14 pm

Clean Bandit’s live performance of Rather Be, Arts

Clean Bandit’s live performance of Rather Be

Clean Bandit are celebrating their second week at the top of the UK charts with their single Rather Be. Check out a live version of the show recorded at Fred Perry Sub-Sonic at the end of last year.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 3 February 2014 at 1:29 pm

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair, Arts

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair

Delhi’s annual India Art Fair, which closed tonight, is as important for the focus it brings to Indian art and for other events that happen at the same time across the city as it is for the show itself, which has settled into a predictable mould in its sixth year.
Indeed, the exhibitions away from the [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 7:42 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Fine Press, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Fine Press

One of the most pleasing things about good book design is that it is a cheap way of bringing good design into your house – rather like that other, rather less garlanded design staple, the tea towel. (Where are the awards for Best Tea Towel? I hear you shout. Wrong blog, I’m afraid.)
As illustrator Jeffrey [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 2:27 pm

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke, Arts

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke

“Grime ain’t about glorifying violence and drugs, it’s about documenting what’s actually happening. The reason I write about violence and drugs is because I’ve got nothing else to write about”.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 6:45 am

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