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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

Friday Book Design Blog: The Academy of British Cover Design is looking for the best British covers of 2013, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Academy of British Cover Design is looking for the best British covers of 2013

This blog being obviously all about great book cover design, how could I not give a shout out to this new award, inaugurated this year, for the best in British book cover design?@
The nattily named Academy of British Cover Design are looking for nominations for the best covers for books published during 2013 by British [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 4:43 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: My Struggle… the evolution of a proof cover, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: My Struggle… the evolution of a proof cover

What is the job of a proof, or ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)? Well, traditionally, it’s to get the words of a forthcoming book before the eyes of literary editors and reviewers, so they can plan their coverage ahead of time.

By | Arts | Friday, 3 January 2014 at 3:44 pm

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