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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 2nd is Philip Pullman’s ‘Northern Lights’.

By | Arts | Monday, 2 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Morcheeba at The Forum, Arts

Morcheeba at The Forum

Morcheeba hit London as part of their ‘Head Up High’ European tour.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 2 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Dream Snow by Eric Carle, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Dream Snow by Eric Carle

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 1st is Eric Carle’s ‘Dream Snow’.

By | Arts | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Lazare Hoche: Hot new talent from Paris…, Arts

Lazare Hoche: Hot new talent from Paris…

Here’s an introduction to someone who is one of my tips for the future. Lazare Hoche is a young Parisian artist with plenty of ambition, business acumen and most importantly, musical talent and someone who caught my ear earlier this year with his excellent double 12″ release, ‘I Don’t Sync So Vol. II’. As per usual, I got in touch with him to speak about his past and some of his recent projects. Here’s our chat…

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 2:00 am

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 Episode 9, Arts

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 Episode 9

Episode 9 continues Agents of Shield’s recent run of darker, more ambitious stories with a genre-hopping tale that delivers countless red herrings before it reaches its conclusion. This episode is unlikely to win the series many new fans, but for its returning audience it’s a playful but flawed hour of television that depicts one of the more memorable standalone missions.

By | Arts | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 1:39 am

The Walking Dead – ‘Dead Weight – Season 4 Episode 7, Arts

The Walking Dead – ‘Dead Weight – Season 4 Episode 7

We’ve almost reached the halfway mark of The Walking Dead’s fourth season, and this week’s episode offers a somewhat bleak hint of what is to come.

By | Arts, Film | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 1:19 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Hardy Tree, by Iphgenia Baal, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Hardy Tree, by Iphgenia Baal

In lieu of a full post, a cautionary tale, for booksellers.
I heard about this book from Stuart Kelly, selecting judge earlier this year of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists. In a blog post he mentioned some of the more interesting and experimental writers he had come across during the selection process, and described [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 29 November 2013 at 6:18 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Author – Bear Grylls, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Author – Bear Grylls

My interviewee for this week is TV survival expert turned children’s author, Bear Grylls. His latest book, Mission Survival: Claws of the Crocodile, sees teenage hero Beck Granger embark on a peril-packed Australian adventure. I spoke to Bear about reading by torchlight, battling Arctic hurricanes and Treasure Island.

By | Arts | Friday, 29 November 2013 at 4:00 am

Round Two with Art Department’s Jonny White, Arts

Round Two with Art Department’s Jonny White

Last October I met up with Jonny White, one half of Art Department with Kenny Glasgow. We discussed the way in which his life had changed since being thrust into the limelight with Kenny, the touring lifestyle and their plans for a new album. A year on, with one of the year’s biggest tracks released via his label I thought we should catch up.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 29 November 2013 at 2:00 am

Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 2, Arts

Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 2

One wedding and a birth already, and the tally will surely rise.

By | Arts | Friday, 29 November 2013 at 12:28 am

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