Highlights

Edit Man London-McCrow-One Less Gun
LONDON FASHION WEEK Round Up
Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Events & Festivals, Highlights, Shows & Exhibitions

London Fashion Week 2020 had an ethical underscore, with concerns about the environment, fair wages, supply chain transparency and global gun use highlighted. ___________________ Streetwear company Edit Man London partnered up with anti-gun organisation One Less Gun to raise awareness about weapons of street crime and war. It was founded by artist McCrow who uses […]

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Features

Valentine’s Day – Was It Always Like This? [VIDEO]
Posted in: Events & Festivals, Features, Videos

The idea that Valentine’s Day has become a capitalist ritual of perverse consumerism is not a new one, we’ve known about this for years. But less is known about how this came to be. When exactly did Valentine’s Day turn from a day of Catholic celebration into a day of stress and anxiety for millions […]

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Reviews

A Portable Paradise [Poetry Review]
Posted in: Books, Reviews

British-Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson‘s winning of the £25,000 T.S. Eliot prize took the literary world by surprise. None of the London bookshops had a copy in stock a day after the announcement and there was a seven-day wait for the next order from the publishers. This apparent oversight is intriguing. He has an impressive pedigree […]

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Books

  • A Short Story On Big Screen
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    You may have noticed Hollywood sci- fi film Arrival has been gaining considerable press weeks before its global release. Along with its original take on alien contact it’s also been garnering attention from the bookish crowd as well as cinema lovers because it started out as a short story (not even a novel!) by respected […]

  • The Silent Children Book Review
    The Silent Children (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    An unexpected letter arrives from Vienna. An estranged mother on her death bed trying to contact a son who feels nothing but bitterness towards her. So much so that it takes him three days to even open it and when he does it reveals an unsolved family mystery from the years leading up to the […]

  • Novel London Sept 2016
    Novel London
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    If you’re an undiscovered author or book fan seeking an event where you can network with fellow literary minds and hear first chapter readings by emerging novelists then look no further than Novel London, which runs every first Friday of the month. Organised by creative writer Safeena Chaudhry, it has been running since 2015 during […]

  • Monologues for BAME actors- Book Launch
    Monologues for BAME Actors : Book Launch
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    BAME stage actors seeking quality audition material will find Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors an entertaining read and comes recommended for any aspiring thespian set on a career in theatre. The book, which includes a foreword by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, was published on June 30th and launched at Theatre […]

  • Zinovy Zinik Book Launch
    Zinovy Zinik’s Book Launch
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People, Photos

    Distinguished broadcaster Zinovy Zinik combined a sound installation, graphic art exhibition and lengthy audience chat at his book launch for ‘Sounds Familiar or the Beast of Artek’ at The Horse Hospital, Russell Square. His offbeat horror novel draws its inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Notably, Mary Shelley also wrote Frankenstein on this day in 1816 […]

  • Orwell Prize 2016
    The Orwell Prize 2016
    Posted in: Books, Events & Festivals, Highlights, Photos

    Novelist George Orwell’s work left a lasting impact on post-1950s Britain and the prize in his name attended by his son Richard Blair (in photo) and grandchildren honoured that legacy of outstanding political writing. Arkady Ostrovsky won the biggest award on the night for his book The Invention of Russia, an investigation into media manipulation […]

  • Rules for Thursday Lovers by Yana Stajno
    Rules For Thursday Lovers (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    The title sounds delightfully cryptic but on second glance says it all really. Yana Stajno’s debut novel bounces along at a rambunctious pace from opening chapter to final paragraph, bringing together two old school pals – the slightly snooty Fiona and more down to earth, personable Angie – at a timeshare event on a London […]

  • Reading Derek Bates' Shadows in the Wall
    Derek Bates’ Shadows In The Wall
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People, Photos

    Derek Bates held a reading of his second novel Shadows in the Wall  at Daunt Books, Hampstead with a Q & A and open discussion about whether capitalist democracy is truly representational. His book touches upon this theme with lead character journalist Jake Dearsey picking up on the ghostly murmurs of political and religious intrigue […]

  • 'Ever Young' James Barnor
    ‘Ever Young’ James Barnor
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    Ghanaian photographer James Barnor’s links with London span six decades from 1956 when he first set foot in the UK including the springboard 90s when he used London as his career base. His pioneering work, including coverage of Ghanaian independence and shots of boxing great Muhammad Ali, are the subject of his latest book Ever […]

  • The Silent Children by Amna K. Boheim
    The Silent Children
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People

    Author Amna K. Boheim shared many intriguing anecdotes about her debut novel The Silent Children during its May 5th launch at Alef Bookstores, Baker Street. Anyone who attended her ‘first chapter reading’ at Novel London back in February would have been familiar with her experiences of switching from investment banking to creative writing. Novel London are […]