And Finally…

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Well, hello 2012! We’ve missed you all and are looking forward to hearing about which books you got for Christmas and what new releases you are eagerly awaiting. We’re starting as we mean to go on by making some New Year’s reading and writing resolutions – have you shared yours with us yet on the forum?

In case you missed it…

What’s new on For Books’ Sake? Well, we’ll be introducing a brand new fortnightly column on historical fiction: The Bodice Ripper, and Kaite is keen to hear what books you think deserve to be ranted and raved about. We have had some great submissions for our Literary Tattoos series which will be starting soon – this will be an ongoing feature so there is no deadline. If you have ink of your favourite quote, character or a tribute to your fave author, we want to know about it! Alongside getting used to early starts again and swooning over / envying the beautiful tattoo pics we’ve been sent so far, we have also been getting rather excited about the Eight Cuts: The New Libertines event which is coming up on 23rd January in Manchester’s legendary Affleck’s Palace. If you can’t wait until then, check out the rather wonderful (and free!) live, true storytelling event, Tales of Whatever – Wednesday 11th Jan at The Castle Hotel, Manchester.

In other news…

Sarah Polley is set to direct an adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s Alias Grace! Excited? You bet! It’s an interesting time for women in film, particularly with the release of a host of biopics of the good and the great iconic women (Marilyn Monroe, Aung San Suu Kyi). And Margaret Thatcher. “We Need to Talk about…Women!” is a free event taking place next Thursday in London, that will see Janice Day and Gabriella Apicella discussing the roles women take in front of and behind the camera, and whether we really are seeing more diverse representations of female characters encroaching on the mainstream. You could also join Gabriella on 18th January for a Writing Female Characters workshop, which looks to challenge depressing stereotypes and help participants write strong and believable women who drive the action and provide alternative versions of femininity and womanhood.  

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Alex Herod

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