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Belfast Book Festival 2016

This was meant to be a fabulously, eloquent blog about how wonderful Belfast Book Festival 2016 was and why we continue to need book festivals to improve the literary landscape in Northern Ireland, but I’m so knackered from having spent every spare moment of the last ten days at Belfast Book Festival 2016 that I have decided to eat chocolate and catch up on… 593 more words

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Talented Friends: Manuela, Stephen and Padraig

This post will feature a triple bill of talented people, doing a variety of talented things.I’m going to try not to gush because I’m awfully fond of all three of them. 872 more words


March Overview

I’d say March can’t possibly be as busy as February, but that would be tempting fate. Still, I hope to get a little catching up done. 1,075 more words


Book Review: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Kind of disappointed. The plot really isn’t that bad: Set in 1914, it’s the beginning of WWI, after the sinking of the Empress Alexandra, 39 people are adrift in the Atlantic cramped up in a lifeboat that can’t carry that many people. 92 more words


An unexpected thing happened to me in Margate when I visited Dreamland last December, the wonderfully restored amusement park on the seafront. I met secret-squirrel Guardian food journalist… 1,539 more words

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The Lifeboat

By Charlotte Rogan

Long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2012 

The Lifeboat is the debut from Charlotte Rogan. Set in 1914, it tells the story of newly wed Grace Winter. 457 more words

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How to Read Poems Properly

Most of my friends are poets. I’ll rephrase this because it sounds terribly pretentious. If you did a kind of job census on the people who I spend most of my time with I’m pretty sure I’d end up with more poetry writing associates than teachers, lawyers, doctors etc. 1,292 more words

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