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Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s, Arts

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.

By | Arts | Friday, 27 March 2015 at 1:54 pm

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’, Arts

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:00 am

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation, Film

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation

The German techno legend reveals the thinking behind his label’s new release, the snappily titled MDR Compilation.

By | Film | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 8:53 am

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog

March 2015: books we are excited about
Book-loving children and parents are in for a treat this spring with a plethora of gorgeous new picture books due to be published in March. The proofs that have got us particularly excited in the office this month are Alfie in the Bath by the hugely talented Debi Gliori [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:56 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015

Last night was the second Academy of British Cover Design awards, where Britain’s designers applaud what they see as the best work coming out of the country. Split into categories that sometimes overlap, and sometimes sit slightly awkwardly (Women’s fiction – really? Including the Folio Prize-shortlisted Miriam Toews), here are the shortlisted covers for each, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 6 March 2015 at 6:32 pm

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future, Arts

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7:22 am

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”, Arts

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”

18th February 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Rolo Tomassi confounding expectations, breaking rules and baffling audiences around the world. One of the UK’s most audacious, fearless, boldest and admirable alternative acts, they’re music is constantly evolving, proving just as difficult to pigeon-hole as it was a decade ago. On the cusp of releasing [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti on Profondo Rosso reaching the big 4-0

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. But for Claudio Simonetti, the brains behind the film’s iconic soundtrack, it feels like it was just yesterday him and his bandmates were given just ten days to magic something up using just their guitars and harpsichord.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood

This came through the door this week: the proof for the second novel by Benjamin Wood, author of The Bellwether Revivals, which I haven’t read. I’m not entirely sure this new one, which is published in July, is my kind of thing either, but I love the cover, with its two versions of the (exact?) [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2:10 pm

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