And Finally…

And Finally...

Everyone’s talking about…

Ok, so we did mention Harry Potter in last week’s news round-up too, but we have never shied away from our love of all things Hogwarts. So we’re intrigued to hear that J K Rowling will soon be exploring new territory in her first book for adults. The book will be published in the UK and USA by Little, Brown, but as yet both author and publisher are remaining very tight-lipped about what we can expect. Are you excited to see what Rowling writes next?

In case you missed it…

We have been very excited this week as the news hit that Bloomsbury are to reissue a rare Patti Smith book. The autobiographical memoir, Woolgathering, is being reissued to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of its original publication – we can’t wait! We also learnt that Paul Rudd is an adorable agony aunt (just one of many reasons we love Rookie, the online feminist lifestyle and fashion mag for teenage girls), spoke to Mary Talbot about graphic novels, language and gender and thought  Kara’s Matilda Tattoo was very cool indeed!

In other news…

On Monday (27th Feb), Rachel Connor, author of Sisterwives, will be at Manchester’s Martin Harris Centre along with Gregory O’Brien and Rebecca Perry for Literature Live. Tickets are £6/£4.

The 4th Space For Thought literary festival from LSE runs from 29th Feb – 3rd March, with a programme “designed to explore the relationship between the academic cultures of the arts and social sciences, as well as the interaction between global cultures, and the art of communication and language.” Writers and speakers include Jeanette Winterson (event: The Medicine Chest of the Soul: arts and health), Heather Brook (author of The Revolution Will be Digitised) and AS Byatt (event: Myths for a Modern World).

Dulwich Books Festival kicks off on March 1st, bringing together author events and workshops including a ’Breaking into Children’s Fiction’ workshop, talks with economists and political commentators, an evening with Clare Jacob and storytelling with Vanessa Woolf.

And a couple of events combining some of our favourite things (pubs! buttons! tattoos!): The Association for Art Historians continue their Art History in the Pub series with Nina Edwards: On the Button (Monday 27th Feb, London) and Dr Matt Lodder: Tattooing as Artistic Practice (Tuesday 28th, Edinburgh)…

Happy weekend!

Alex Herod

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