Books / 14/09/2021 UEA Live: Autumn 2021 Lineup

UEA Live is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a bang! The festival is dedicated to celebrating creativity across all platforms and literary types, inspiring audiences to read and create until their hearts are content. This event celebrates authors from all origins in a brilliant, beautiful way, and this year is no different.  UEA Live will...

Books / 14/09/2021 Alice in the Pandemic: Why Now is the Time to Re-Read Lewis Carroll’s Classic

As the Royal Mint releases new Wonderland-inspired coins, Alice-themed tea rooms open across the USA, and the V&A reveals its latest rabbit-hole exhibition. it’s time to ask why Wonderland continues to beguile a world under lockdown? Is it our desire to tumble down a rabbit hole into a world which promises escapism?  In Alice’s Adventures...

Books / 14/09/2021 Jim Moore Book Review

For our last issue, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Moore about his book series, and I was desperate to read them.  ‘Radulf the Aetherling’ sees a recently orphaned Rat Prince come to terms with his newfound Kingship. Alongside his close friend Runcorn, he must take his displaced subjects elsewhere, crossing dangerous rivers and...

Books / 14/09/2021 The Fine Line Between Reading for Pleasure and Reading for Education

I don’t know about you, but I don’t tend to find myself picking up Homer’s The Odyssey as I do some light reading by the pool, sipping on a cocktail. Instead, I enjoy the light-hearted fiction from authors such as Sally Rooney or Sophie Kinsella as I am transported into a land of dreamy romance...

Books / 17/08/2021 Judging a Book by its Cover

It’s perhaps one of the most used idioms in the literary industry, the thought that you ‘can’t judge a book by its cover’, and has been around for just over 150 years. The phrase is used on billions of front pages and stayed in everyone’s head since their grandmothers brought it up on that first...

Books / 17/08/2021 I Read <em>‘War and Peace’</em> Out Of Spite and Now I Want To Read It Again

“You know what’s really annoying?” I said, gesturing with a glass of wine in the Lamb Inn, Norwich. “How everybody always bangs on about ‘War and Peace’. ‘Oh, it’s so long. Oh, it’s so brilliant’. It’s getting old.” My friend pointed at me with one eye closed. “You know what we should do?” she said,...

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UEA Live: Autumn 2021 Lineup

UEA Live is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a bang! The festival is dedicated to celebrating creativity across all platforms and literary types, inspiring audiences to read and create until their hearts are content. This event celebrates authors from all origins in a brilliant, beautiful way, and this year is no different.  UEA Live will…

Books

Jim Moore Book Review

For our last issue, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Moore about his book series, and I was desperate to read them.  ‘Radulf the Aetherling’ sees a recently orphaned Rat Prince come to terms with his newfound Kingship. Alongside his close friend Runcorn, he must take his displaced subjects elsewhere, crossing dangerous rivers and…

Books

Judging a Book by its Cover

It’s perhaps one of the most used idioms in the literary industry, the thought that you ‘can’t judge a book by its cover’, and has been around for just over 150 years. The phrase is used on billions of front pages and stayed in everyone’s head since their grandmothers brought it up on that first…

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Reading in Times of Covid-19

There’s a common sentiment amongst many bookworms that they miss that childhood feeling of reading book after book, undistracted, watching the pile of completed reads growing beside them. With adult life, this pastime often gets side-lined by our busy schedules and, irritatingly, by the consistent urge to check Instagram every few seconds.  Yet the pandemic…


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