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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker by Francesca Simon, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker by Francesca Simon

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 22nd is Francesca Simon’s ‘Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker’.

By | Arts | Sunday, 22 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

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 21st is Neil Gaiman’s ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’.

By | Arts | Saturday, 21 December 2013 at 4:58 pm

Christie’s wakes up the Indian art market with a $15m Mumbai auction, Arts

Christie’s wakes up the Indian art market with a $15m Mumbai auction

India’s slumbering modern art market came alive last night at Christie’s first auction in the country when astonishing prices were achieved totalling $15.45m (Rs96.5 crore), roughly doubling estimates. Collectors say that this was the result of extensive marketing by a big Chrisite’s team and the excitement of a live auction, though some of the top [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 20 December 2013 at 1:33 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Author Q&A – Sally Gardner on Tinder, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Author Q&A – Sally Gardner on Tinder

For today’s Christmas countdown post I am delighted to share a very special interview with Carnegie Medal-winning novelist, Sally Gardner, whose latest novel, Tinder, was published in November.

By | Arts | Friday, 20 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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 19this Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘Midwinterblood’.

By | Arts | Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 4:00 am

‘True Talk’ by Logic – Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary, Arts

‘True Talk’ by Logic – Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary

More True Talk the new album from Logic MC of Peoples Army produced by Last Resort is out now. It’s the second instalment of the Truetalk project, the first of which became an instant underground classic.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 1:27 am

Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 5, Arts

Last Tango in Halifax – Series 2, Episode 5

The transparency of men – and the subterfuge of women.

By | Arts | Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 12:53 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

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 18th is Gareth P. Jones’s ‘Constable & Toop’.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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 17th is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘Stick Man’.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”, Arts

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”

Earlier this week I caught up with Prosumer on the last day of his recent tour of the US. He was in his hotel room in Chicago about to head to Edinburgh, where he relocated earlier this year from Berlin. Prosumer is a cult figure thanks to his residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, a position he held since it was opened, his unerring passion for record shopping and digging for gems coupled with innate ability to thread together disco, funk, soul and house in his all vinyl DJ sets.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 2:00 am

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