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Culture Literature

Darke

Rick Gekoski’s Darke tells the powerful story of James Darke, a man who, following the death of his wife, has decided to isolate himself from the outside world. The narrative begins in a strange yet humorous episode where he employs someone to fill in his letterbox. He has already cancelled his phone line and is […]

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Culture Literature

Insanely Gifted

Jamie Catto’s Insanely Gifted acts as insightful guidance regarding how an individual should live one’s life. Rather than a one-time read, the work acts as a manual to which readers can refer back, as they consider how they should think and act within society. As well as being a universal guide on thinking, Insanely Gifted […]

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Culture Literature

Himself – Jess Kidd

From the moment he was left on the doorstep of a convent as a baby, Francis Sweeney’s identity was taken away from him. Years later, now going by the name Mahony, Jess Kidd’s Himself follows the young adolescent in search of the mother who once abandoned him, armed with only an old photo as the key […]

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Culture Literature

Blackwell’s Children’s Giving Tree continues to grow

On the frosty autumnal morning of 10 November, Blackwell’s once again launched the Children’s Giving Tree project. Accompanied by local children’s author, Gill Arbuthnott, Kirsty Smith and her book Tree Elves welcomed those in attendance, and provided thoughtful insight into the project’s main initiative and its background. The Children’s Giving Tree was started with the […]

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Culture Literature

Man Booker Prize 2016: The Sellout

The Sellout tells the implausible yet hilarious story of a black man who lands himself in Supreme Court for reintroducing segregation in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens, a forgotten place on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Born to a psychologist dad, the protagonist leads a rather different childhood as a subject to his father’s experiments. […]

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Culture Theatre

Gangsta Granny

From the cling film appreciation society to a literal dancing queen, this adaptation of the David Walliams children’s book has everything of both a sophisticated play and a pantomime. The play suffices to bring to life the highly comedic – but equally implausible – story of a boy slowly discovering that there is more to his boring old […]