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Magical Realism

Magical realism is a genre which very much interests me, but one which I know I don’t read enough.  I have created a post where I wish to showcase ten works of magical realist fiction – five which I have personally loved, and five which very much intrigue me – with the hope of incorporating more books of the genre into my future reading. 1,588 more words

Shadow Dance Puppet Workshop

On Saturday 18th February, artist and illustrator Layla Holzer will be running a puppet workshop at the RWA in Bristol. 225 more words

Angela Carter

Get Carter | The Company of Wolves & Me

I have no accurate memory of when I first watched The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan’s astonishing adaptation of Angela Carter’s short story. It might have been at university in Stirling, where I was a film student, though it might just as easily have been a screening at Bradford’s National Media Museum. 761 more words


Day 1037: The Bloody Chamber

Because a few months ago there was some mini hooplah about The Bloody Chamber, I thought it was a recent book, but it turns out Angela Carter died in 1992. 194 more words


Manchester Writing: Edmund Gordon at the Burgess Foundation

Edmund Gordon will be speaking at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation as part of the Manchester Writing series on Thursday 16th February at 7pm. 205 more words

Angela Carter

The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography - Edmund Gordon

Date Completed: Early January 2017
Page Length: 544

Rather than begin this review with a quote, I will simply say, read the whole damn thing. 410 more words

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Summary from Goodreads:

One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother’s wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the comfortable home of her childhood, she is sent to London to live with relatives she never met: Aunt Margaret, beautiful and speechless, and her brothers, Francie, whose graceful music belies his clumsy nature, and the volatile Finn, who kisses Melanie in the ruins of the pleasure garden. 311 more words