Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! This time last year I recommended Little Toller as a publisher whose books make great presents – classic nature writing done up in large, handsome new paperback editions, all with quite lovely jacket illustrations. (They’ve produced at least two great original books this year, too: Adam Thorpe’s monograph On Silbury Hill, and [...]
Depression and anxiety are issues that affect everybody at some point in their lives, to varying degrees. Speaking from my own experience, they are often debilitating and, at best, inhibiting in many facets of life – in particular the nightlife industry; clubs, parties, after-parties – the social events that form the foundation of the business [...]
Rebecca Cobb is a Cornwall-based illustrator and author whose work has been twice shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal, most recently for Paper Dolls, a collaboration with Julia ‘ The Gruffalo’ Donaldson. I spoke to her about the benefits of words v pictures, her blissful work-from-home lifestyle and how to break into children’s book illustration.
Last week I had the opportunity to interview Röyksopp ahead of a special DJ set they were due to play at Plastic People in east London. With their ‘final’ album recently released and a whole host of interesting opinions and ideas to discuss, it made for a riveting conversation…
So The Inevitable End is your last [...]
A couple of weeks I visited the Club To Club festival in Turin, Italy. What separates the event from others in Italy is its focus on the more experimental, avant-garde side of electronica, giving support to many of Italy’s artists while also brining in international heavyweights. In the first of a series of interviews conducted [...]
Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]
Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.
Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]
This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary…
PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something
Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]
CB Editions has been having quite a time of it in the media spotlight recently, with a Goldmsiths Prize shortlisting for Will Eaves’s ‘exploded novel’ The Absent Therapist, and now a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award for May-Lan Tan’s excellent debut collection of stories, Things to Make and Break.
As you can see, there [...]
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