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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

Ask the Author: Vivian French, Arts

Ask the Author: Vivian French

Vivian French is the hugely popular author of over 200 children’s books, including the Tiara Club and Tales from the Five Kingdoms series as well as non-fiction books such as Caterpillar Butterfly and Growing Frogs. She took some time out from visiting schools in Birmingham as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour to [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream, Arts

Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything is Fine’ Album Stream

Leeds based riff factory Hawk Eyes have just released their brilliant new album Everything is Fine, their third full-length release, which is available to stream in full below. It sees the band expanding their musical horizons, with a more focused and direct approach to that found on either 2010’s Modern Bodies or 2012’s Ideas.
Speaking to [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 9 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja, Music

Inside the mind of Ghostly International’s Lord Raja

Ghostly International’s Lord Raja shares his five favourite tracks – including one by Prince which is near-impossible to find…

By | Music | Friday, 6 February 2015 at 12:15 pm

Pianos Become The Teeth Interview – “With ‘Keep You’ we felt like we could stretch our wings”, Arts

Pianos Become The Teeth Interview – “With ‘Keep You’ we felt like we could stretch our wings”

With their third album, ‘Keep You’ Maryland’s Pianos Become The Teeth have tempered their abrasive edge and embraced a more organic subtler sound. In doing so, they have created their best and most accessible album to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss fan reaction, remote recording and never being pigeon-holed.
You’ve been [...]

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 February 2015 at 11:00 am

Introducing…Scottish Book Trust’s new Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Introducing…Scottish Book Trust’s new Children’s Book Blog

Welcome to the Scottish Book Trust’s children’s book blog! If you’re 16 or under and love a good story, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re a parent, teacher or anyone else with an interest in children’s reading, this is for you too. And if you’re an aspiring children’s writer or illustrator, there’ll [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 11:36 am

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?, Arts

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?

Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest, Music

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest

Point G is one of my favourite artists from Paris (and I have a real soft spot for Parisian artists). He’s been around for a long while, finding fame through his DJ Gregory alias in the nineties, before adopting the Point G moniker, through which he pushes a more stripped down, raw sound. Up until a few years ago the Point G name had disappeared off the radar, but Gregory brought the alias back in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. This week sees the release of his extended EP, Point G #6 – an eight-track compilation of fresh new music. In light of the release I had a chat with him recently…

By | Music | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 5:03 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Here, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Here

If book design is partly (though surely first of all) about making a book stand out in a bookshop then this Hamish Hamilton edition of Richard McGuire’s Here did the job. The matt illustrated cover of a sash window, with its intrinsic sense of mystery, its invitation to look inside, and its bold diagonal is [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 3:44 pm

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ, Music

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview subject…

By | Music | Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 5:16 pm

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