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Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Portrait of Humanity Vol 2

I am mildly obsessed with the photography collections from Hoxton Mini Press.

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The Empathy Experiment. Photo credit: Charles Leek

Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment

July 12, 2020 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: The Empathy Experiment
I have Zoom fatigue. While the COVID-19 crisis has ensured that platforms like Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp are essential parts of our ‘new normal’, the idea of online drinks makes me lethargic. And while I am grateful to be able to communicate with loved ones, I only have to overhear housemate’s Zoom quizzes and I want to curl up, cat-like, under my duvet. Our digital social lives are exhausting and I feel frustrated by screen glitches and faces freezing mid-sentence.
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How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? By Lianne Bell

Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

July 2, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: How on Earth Can I Be Eco-Friendly? by Lianne Bell

Sustainability is the latest buzzword. From organic skincare and ‘conscious’ fashion collections to bamboo toothbrushes, it seems everyone and their dog is advocating for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But it can be difficult to know what’s useful and what’s simply greenwashing (providing misleading information about how a company’s products are environmentally sound). 

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Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

June 8, 2020 Comments Off on Are independent publishers surviving? We talk to Northern presses

Are you reading more than usual during lockdown? Are you consuming books at a rate of knots?

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Lockdown is not a “holiday” for those without children

May 26, 2020 Comments Off on Lockdown is not a “holiday” for those without children

We’ve all done it.

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“I am not the same girl who started this book.” Actress Natasha Rea talks about Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda

May 4, 2020 Comments Off on “I am not the same girl who started this book.” Actress Natasha Rea talks about Me, Myself and Bipolar Brenda

We’re living in uncertain times. Our lives are hugely altered, we’re existing in isolation, unsure about the future and our collective unease is palatable.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

April 9, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part Two)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

April 7, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Best Northern Reads (Part One)

Where would we be right now without books? For all my enthusiasm to gobble up the latest series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or bingewatch The Tiger King (if you haven’t given into the hype, then do so immediately), the only thing that quells my internal anxiety and settles my soul is reading. There’s something reassuring about the weight of a book in my hands and the steady back-and-forth of lines on the page. When we’re feeling clipped and stifled, books allow us to fly.

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Book launch (digital): You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon

March 24, 2020 Comments Off on Book launch (digital): You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Weather, Jenny Offill

Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

We’re living in uncertain times.

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