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12 Books in 12 Months

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Are You A Sexist Reader? #IWD2017

When you pick up a book, do you think about the gender of the author?

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What Do Your Literary Heroes Say About You?

Have you ever sat down and made a list of the main characters in books and pop culture you identify with? It can tell you a lot about yourself. Why not grab a bit of paper or the notes function on your phone and do it before you click read more? I’ll wait.

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Monkey Business

When I was about 9, I was involved in an altercation with an authority figure that turned out to be quite formative for me.

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A Bookish Valentine

I’m not really interested in Valentine’s Day. However, it is a time of year which brings out a lot of mush on the internet, particularly mush that draws on books. Books are, as you may already know, my bag. Having said that, Dear Reader, I find the complete absence of context contextualising some of these quotes quite galling.  Continue reading “A Bookish Valentine”

Read Me A Story – Some Pros and Cons of Audible

When I was a child I listened to loads of books on tape. Some came from the library (The Pinballs by Betsy Byars and a compilation of fairy tales from around the world including Baba Yaga and The Tongue-Cut Sparrow were borrowed multiple times). Others were owned and shared by my sister and I, and listened to again and again. Amongst these were George’s Marvellous Medicine and the Narnia books. I loved the whole series, but The Horse and his Boy was a favourite for reasons that escape me now. Maybe just because that one was definitely ‘mine’ – I was quite possessive. Continue reading “Read Me A Story – Some Pros and Cons of Audible”

Goodbye, Blind Poetics

There is a lot of spoken word to be had in Edinburgh. The city has open mic nights, slams, revues, experimental shows and all manner of opportunities for page and performance poets and storytellers. A firm favourite over the past six years has been Blind Poetics, but last week they bid the spoken word scene farewell. Continue reading “Goodbye, Blind Poetics”

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