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The Imaginary, A F Harrold

The Imaginary, A F Harrold

A children's book that caught the imagination of an adult? How intriguing. I enjoyed reading about this book and it reminded me of my...
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It’s hard not to love Christmas in London

This time of year something magical happens to the city of London; it turns into a Christmas fairy-tale town. It really is hard to...
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5 great kids’ Christmas books to read aloud

There is clearly no definitive list of the best kids Christmas books. However, one story tends to dominate this time of year. Despite those...
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Experience the National Theatre locally

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more...
Rachel Ward and book Numbers

An interview with Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward’s first book, Numbers, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, has sold to 26 countries and been optioned for film. She...
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet

Christmas gift ideas – 8 best books in art

Alexandra Harris concerns herself with the weather "as it is recreated in the human imagination" in Weatherlands: Writers and Artists Under English Skies (Thames...
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Man Booker Prize Winner, Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James was named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, published by...
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The history of pantomime – Oh yes, it is!

Pantomime developed from a type of traveling street theatre called Commedia dell'arte which came from Italy in the 16th century. Commedia is a very...
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The despair of a passionate book reader

I am a voracious reader. I always have been. I grew up in a small village during the Seventies. We did not even have...
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Modern Art – nothing more than one big hoax?

As a (I'd like to think broad minded) lover of art and the arts, this question has sometimes been a difficult one for me. (Except...
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The real Tudors at the National Portrait Gallery

Two Henrys, three Catherines, two Annes, two Janes, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth: we all know the Tudors. They are big beasts of British history:...
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Embracing Uncertainty, Susan Jeffers

Like all the best books, Embracing Uncertainty by Susan Jeffers shifted my worldview and I went straight from worrier to non-worrier and never looked...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...