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Children’s Book Blog: : A good book is a good book – whether you’re a girl or a boy, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: : A good book is a good book – whether you’re a girl or a boy

Given the energetic response to Katy Guest’s recent announcement that neither the Indy on Sunday nor this blog will be reviewing gender-specific children’s books in future, I thought it was high time I weighed in on the debate.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 5:54 pm

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people, Arts

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people

I found myself caring deeply about these painfully ordinary people, and hoping they could find a way through their problems.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 2:42 pm

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”, Arts

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”

10 years ago 65daysofstatic released their debut album, The Fall of Math and fans of wildly skittering synth beats married to epic sweeping vistas of grandiose guitar noise rejoiced. Remfry Dedman asked founder member Paul Wolinski how the album has impacted on the bands career, then and now.

By | Arts, Music, Notebook | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 9:37 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Serpent’s Tail Classics, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Serpent’s Tail Classics

There’s something delightfully retro and approachable about these Serpent’s Tail Classics. They reminded me of something, but could I work out what?

By | Arts | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 1:32 pm

International R Kelly Day comes to London, Music

International R Kelly Day comes to London

A night of pure R Kelly isn’t to most people’s tastes, but for two Danish promoters, London’s got that vibe – and their International R Kelly Day party is set to be a sell out.

By | Music | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 11:08 am

“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina, Arts

“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina

The London edition of the Livebase European tour may have taken place in March but was truly taken over by August. Here we were able to see August Alsina’s love for music from the moment he stepped on stage he grabbed the audience with his first song making the statement ‘I am here!’

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:57 am

Ghetts – A rebel against the mainstream, leading the culture., Arts

Ghetts – A rebel against the mainstream, leading the culture.

In a world full of products it is hard to identify yourself. Ghetts has created a non-traditional product in a traditional format that explores a right of passage in a modern day cultural identity crisis.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:49 am

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow, Arts

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow

A little while ago I met up with Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) for a chat about his album, Glow, which was released yesterday. We spent over an hour together, discussing his history, the debut LP and how he found love through the project. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 12:05 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards

Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:51 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Art of the Novella, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Art of the Novella

I’m taking part in a panel about book design at the LSE’s Literary Festival tomorrow, in which I’ll be talking a little about the alternatives to what I’m calling the ‘Chip Kidd’ approach to cover design, where each book is given an eye-catching design that is brilliant, individual and appropriate to its content. (I wrote [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 28 February 2014 at 1:36 pm

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