Authors & Reviews
Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship.Read the full story..
There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop.Read the full story..
Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester
Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin.Read the full story..
It’s a long time since I’ve seen anyone wearing a snake belt, but when the poet Roger McGough takes to the Liverpool Playhouse stage wearing just such an accessory, it turns out to be merely the first disarming sensory flashback of my night.Read the full story..
There’s little doubt that 2016 was tumultuous, what with Brexit, Trump and the passing of all those lovely celebs. But it was also a cracking year for literature.Read the full story..
“She’s driving from her home towards Newcastle but that’s the Holy Island causeway and that clearly isn’t right.”Read the full story..
It’s not every day you chat to someone who has sold 40 million books.Read the full story..
He promises poems about “death, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers”. As pitches go for a literature event hoping to put bums on seats, it’s not your run of the mill promotion. But Henry Normal isn’t your conventional fella.Read the full story..
In 1986, my favourite band was called Easterhouse.Read the full story..
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