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Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

Bethan Roberts’ fourth novel is what you’d call high-concept – it’s got a tagline, there under the title, that seems to tell you everything you need to know about it in one tight, emotive phrase: How does it feel to find your two-year-old gone?
Of course there’s probably more to it than that, and I haven’t [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 23 May 2014 at 5:38 pm

Interview: Leah Timmins brings a touch of Decadance to the club world, Arts

Interview: Leah Timmins brings a touch of Decadance to the club world

Leah Timmins runs the Decadance Agency, which counteracts the typical notion of club dancing, taking it to a far higher level with dancers who are trained in the artform and not only contribute dazzling routines but also work on conceiving fresh and exciting concepts with their shows. I spoke to Leah recently about her background and the professionalism her agency brings to the world of club dancing…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 10:39 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Future for Curious People, by Greg Sherl – plus the rise of the Must-Have Proof, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Future for Curious People, by Greg Sherl – plus the rise of the Must-Have Proof

There are two ways for publishers to use proof copies to catch people’s attention ahead of publication – one is to tease readers with a quirky, intriguing design, the other to go all-out with luxury, limited edition proofs – the Must Have item of the book world

By | Arts | Friday, 16 May 2014 at 2:09 pm

Children’s book blog: Ask the poet – James Carter, Arts

Children’s book blog: Ask the poet – James Carter

Rebecca Davies speaks to the poet James Carter

By | Arts, Notebook | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: I Put a Spell on You, by John Burnside, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: I Put a Spell on You, by John Burnside

The cover of John Burnside’s latest memoir is attractively put together, with neat upper and lower panes against a wide white frame; non-symmetrical; sepia above, and grey below; with the author name and title in a lovely Garamond (I think) font. There’s something about the grey that makes the sepia really stand out, making it [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 9 May 2014 at 12:21 pm

Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry, Music

Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry

Eurovision 2014 starts today with a series of qualifying heats in Copenhagen, leading to the event proper on Saturday night.

By | Music, Notebook | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 6:10 pm

Video Premiere: Kamikaze’s Crestfallen, Arts

Video Premiere: Kamikaze’s Crestfallen

Video premiere of Kamikaze’s new track, Crestfallen, taken from the band’s new EP, Beta.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 11:53 am

Will Turkey’s SunSplash be your festival of 2014?, Music

Will Turkey’s SunSplash be your festival of 2014?

SunSplash Festival’s organiser explains why people not interested in ‘fighting through crowds, dealing with temperamental security, standing in messy toilet queues, eating crap food and trying to find your tent in a muddy field’ are heading to Turkey this summer.

By | Music | Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 10:00 am

Children’s book blog – book picks for May: The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, Arts

Children’s book blog – book picks for May: The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Three of the best children’s books from picture books to Young Adult novels, this month looking at re The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

By | Arts | Friday, 2 May 2014 at 10:32 am

Behind the mask: Issue’s love for tea, beats and Pink Floyd, Music

Behind the mask: Issue’s love for tea, beats and Pink Floyd

A rapper that prefers tea to Cristal? What’s the issue with Issue?

By | Music | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 11:11 am

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