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Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo

Following an outrageously indulgent two-month break, I am delighted to re-start the children’s book blog with this inspiring and candid interview with one of my favourite Young Adult authors, Leigh Bardugo.
Leigh is the author of the bestselling Grisha Trilogy – Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm and Ruin & Rising – which reached its hotly-anticipated [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 10:58 am

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy, Arts

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy

Check out a video of the band performing Make It Easy as part of their Original Penguin Plugged In Series gig – and find out how they make their own lives less complicated.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 29 September 2014 at 4:54 pm

Wilkinson’s recipe for success: chicken goujons and re-releases, Arts

Wilkinson’s recipe for success: chicken goujons and re-releases

After a hectic summer spent touring festivals across the globe, drum ‘n’ bass producer Wilkinson is set for another chart assault with his new single, Dirty Love.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 4:41 pm

Five rap metal tracks that Kanye will never beat, Arts

Five rap metal tracks that Kanye will never beat

Kanye West’s new album is ‘heavy metal inspired’. But be realistic Kanz, are you going to be able to come up with anything better than these?

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 12:22 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell

The first thing to note about this book – picked up in a charity shop for 95p – is what good condition it is in, ripped dust jacket aside (worse on the back than on the front – and ignore the dark vertical stripe: dodgy scan), for one printed in 1956. The paper hardly faded, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 12:08 pm

Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’, Music

Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’

Amplifer are a band at the apex between punk and prog, a band for the heart as well as the mind. Their new album, Mystoria, is a summer record, with more concise and direct approach than the music the band are generally known for. Remfry Dedman spoke to frontman Sel Balamir, about simplicity, DIY ethics, [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 8:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 19 September 2014 at 11:47 am

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency, Music

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency

Pete Tong’s position within the electronic music industry is about as high as one could imagine. Together with his MBE, he hosts two huge radio shows (one in the US and the other here in the UK), is recognised as one of the industry’s key tastemakers and DJs all over the world on a regular [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 1:35 pm

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger, Music

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?

By | Music | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:30 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014

So we have the shortlist, which leads me naturally to rack up the six books in the running for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and judge them on the purely cosmetic basis of their good looks. In alphabetical order of the authors, then:

First up, Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (links to [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 11:00 am

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