Your Fave Is Problematic

Have you ever visited this Tumblr? http://yourfaveisproblematic.tumblr.com/list It is a dismal corner of the internet. Don’t bother going if you haven’t already, it will only depress the hell out of you. Lots of the complaints aganist the celebrities listed are petty and try-hard, e.g. Rob McElhenny’s “blackface”, taken from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – […]

10 Bookish Facts About Me

So guys, we’ve been chatting about books since March and I thought maybe it was time for us to get to know each other a little better. So today I’ve put together a sort of FAQ – some of the sorts of things people always ask me when they find out about my book loving […]

Judging a book by its cover: 3 instant turn-offs.

As I was flicking through Twitter this morning, I came across a post by blogger playingbythebook, who admits that she actively disregards pink book covers when picking out new reading material for her young daughters. She interviews author Abie Longstaff, whose book ‘The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty’ couldn’t really get much more ‘girly’, who […]

Spotlight: Make your own hardback book!

Hey book fans! Hope you’re all well. Yesterday, I decided on a whim to have a shot at bookbinding, and as you can see from the photo it turned out pretty damn well even if I do say so myself. Sadly, I didn’t photo-document the stages of production – but it would be a little […]

Spotlight: Malorie Blackman as Children’s Laureate and The Swiss Family Robinson [Johann David Wyss]

Today, Malorie Blackman was announced as Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson’s successor to the position of Children’s Laureate. Blackman famously wrote ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and ‘Pig Heart Boy’, and I feel a little bit guilty to admit that I’ve read nothing that she’s put out. Nearly all of my peers were reading the former when we […]

Spotlight: Peaches for Monsieur Le CurĂ©: Joanne Harris at Blackburn Cathedral

A china cup of Twining’s Gingersnap Peach Tea would go down very nicely. My hometown of Blackburn, in the North West of England, is not exactly well-known for its arts and culture scene. Which is why it felt like a really special event when Joanne Harris, of ‘Chocolat’ fame, came to speak about her latest […]

Spotlight: Burning Bright: William Blake and the Art of the Book

Just my cup of tea. Most of us know William Blake for his poetry, and in particular I think many people will call to mind his ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’. I daresay that if you’re reading this blog you’ll also know quite a bit more about this fascinating man. But the Burning Bright exhibition […]