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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

Friday Book Design Blog: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

So this week we were introduced to the cover of the next novel by David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks. His publisher, Sceptre, have put up a dedicated website, with an ‘interactive cover’ – i.e. you click on bits of it to get all the bits you usually get by not having to click on bits [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 2:30 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy

Matt Haig is best known for his critically-acclaimed adult bestsellers but Echo Boy marks his first foray into young adult literature, and his second into sci-fi.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 12:19 pm

Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’, Arts

Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’

Armin Van Buuren is possibly the world’s biggest trance DJ. He has landed the top spot in DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs poll five times, hosts a weekly radio show that attracts over 20 million listeners per week and was the first Dutch dance music artist to land a No.1 album in the Dutch charts with 2008’s ‘Imagine’. Last year he got together with Philips to work on creating a pair of DJ-friendly headphones and they will soon be launching, so I spoke to him about the product and what he’s been up to lately…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 3:25 pm

Ceri: “It was just something I did without even thinking about it”, Arts

Ceri: “It was just something I did without even thinking about it”

Ceri is a young lady who has been steadily working her way up the ranks as both a DJ and a producer. Here’s a chat we had recently…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 5:35 pm

Jordan Peak: The Rogue element, Arts

Jordan Peak: The Rogue element

Here’s an interview with Jordan Peak, who talks about his label Rogue Society and how he copes with Cystic Fibrosis…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 17 April 2014 at 1:07 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: 3:AM Press, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: 3:AM Press

The first time I saw these covers, probably independently of each other, I wasn’t sure about them, but the more I look at them – and the more I look at them together – the more I like them.
They are covers of chapbooks mostly, and feature the illustrations of Christiana Spens who is director and [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 3:40 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Discovering stories in East London, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Discovering stories in East London

Here’s a timely recommendation for any parents looking something fun (and sneakily educational) to do with the kids this Easter holidays: the ‘Discover’ Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, East London.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 7 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Leaving The Sea, by Ben Marcus, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Leaving The Sea, by Ben Marcus

There was no contest as to my favourite book cover of 2012 – Peter Mendelsund’s trompe l’oeil marvel for Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet. What better way to tempt people in to this strange, unclassifiable novel about a virus carried by the spoken language of children than these hyper-real paper cut flames, both carrying and [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 4 April 2014 at 2:09 pm

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle

At the start of each month, I pick out three of the best children’s book I’ve been reading recently, from picture books to Young Adult novels, old classics to new favourites. My recommendations for April are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

By | Arts, Notebook | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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