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Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Fine Press, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Fine Press

One of the most pleasing things about good book design is that it is a cheap way of bringing good design into your house – rather like that other, rather less garlanded design staple, the tea towel. (Where are the awards for Best Tea Towel? I hear you shout. Wrong blog, I’m afraid.)
As illustrator Jeffrey [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 2:27 pm

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke, Arts

Interview with Big H: Behind the scenes of Fire And Smoke

“Grime ain’t about glorifying violence and drugs, it’s about documenting what’s actually happening. The reason I write about violence and drugs is because I’ve got nothing else to write about”.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 6:45 am

A Day to Remember: “We’re not even half of what we’re going to be”, Arts

A Day to Remember: “We’re not even half of what we’re going to be”

Last year was full of trials and tribulations for pop-punk juggernauts A Day To Remember, after a dispute with Victory Records, they put out their fifth album – Common Courtesy – by themselves and they haven’t looked back since.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 27 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Beautiful Mutants, by Deborah Levy, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Beautiful Mutants, by Deborah Levy

It’s always exciting to see a writer emerge from relative obscurity back into the reading public’s consciousness, and although there are plenty of opportunities for shouting about the writers who should be better known, it’s rarer that it actually happens. It seems to have happened with Deborah Levy, who was picked up and published to [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 24 January 2014 at 2:34 pm

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000, Arts

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000

India’s annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which finished two days ago, is different things to different people. With a total of over 200,000 footfalls and nearly 20,000 people registering for the first time each day, it is an enormous free-wheeling extravaganza of debate, humour and conversation. It has grown from just a few hundred people when [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 7:04 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Recommended read – The Crystal Mirror and Other Stories, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Recommended read – The Crystal Mirror and Other Stories

When I started this blog last summer, one of my aims was to bring attention to unusual, beautiful and inspiring books that would otherwise slip under the media radar. With that in mind, my first book recommendation of the year is this crowdfunded collection of stories written by Tim Malnick and illustrated by Katie Green.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Wolves, by Simon Ings, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Wolves, by Simon Ings

This is a cover that has been bumping around on the bookish corners of the web for a while now, and I had been quietly admiring it as an example of eye-catching illustration matched with a serious, respectful design aesthetic, that refuses to upstage the work of the illustrator… until I realised I hadn’t been [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 3:09 pm

Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman, Arts

Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman

Big H, who was due to appear on Lord of the Mics 4 until his opponent, Scratchy, pulled out. “H was going to do it but then Wiley paid Scratchy 10 grand not to clash,” he tells me.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 6:30 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Agent, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Agent

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and, like me, managed to devour as many children’s books as you did chocolates over the festive season. For my first post of 2014 I thought I’d put up a little something for any aspiring children’s book writers out there.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Interview with Jon Rundell, Arts

Interview with Jon Rundell

Best known as one half of house and techno’s most formidable double acts, Jon Rundell has come a long way since delivering papers to save up for his first set of decks. Almost seven years after legend Carl Cox described him as ‘better than most top DJs’, Jon has since held residencies at the biggest clubs in the world, remixed countless hits, spearheaded Pure Intec’s label re-launch and helped push the musical boundaries of the genre.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 2:00 am

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