And Finally…

And Finally...

Everyone’s talking about…

Yesterday was World Book Day and we spent it sulking because our working day didn’t involve literary fancy dress (at least not in an official capacity). We’d love to hear what you got upto to celebrate authors, books and reading! Because the mighty act of reading deserves more than just a day of celebration, you can also look forward to World Book Night in April. Last year, our WBN involved the TV Book Club, a visit to Virago, Roller Derby, the Million Women Rise march and Margaret Atwood as we raced around London dishing out copies of The Blind Assassin. This year, we’re hosting a quiz at Cafe 164 in Leeds, so come along and test you lit knowledge and swap some books at the Travelling Suitcase Library!

And why let readers have all the fun? Writers can get scribbling for Bloomsbury’s newly launched Short Sentence competition. Reckon you can write a crime story in 1000 words or less? The theme will change monthly, and the deadline for the theme of ‘Deception’ is 30th March. Pen at the ready, and go!

In case you missed it…

This week, we spoke to Lesley Pearse about courage, women, optimism and her 20th novel - ”I am blessed with persistence and imagination, and it’s that which got me out of bad times” – and told the world why we love Australian feminist zine Lip Mag so much. Then there was Roni’s tattoo inspired by Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman and our three favourite Angela Carter characters, plus reviews of Red Dust Road, After my Own Heart, Various Pets Alive and Dead and The Pleasures of Men.

In other news…

Hands up if you’re coming to the IWD Deadly Dames Rewrite event next Thursday (8th March). For Books’ Sake Ed. Jane Bradley and Danny Bowman of Pulp Press will be talking about the Short Stack anthology, and you will be treated to readings from Short Stack authors Bernadette Russell and Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg. And it’s FREE!

We’re also excited about the new Hysterical Women and Graphic Grrrlz exhibition at Dundee’s Central Library, that includes “a diverse range of fascinating, challenging and very funny graphic novels and commix from the 1970s to the present day”. It runs from 3rd -17th March. 

Until March 13th, you can visit Wild Pansy Press and their Portable Reading Room at Leeds Art Gallery, where you will find performances, book launches, ad hoc events and somewhere to have a quiet moment with a book. Whilst just on the other side of the Pennines, you can support the rather fantastic 3MT at Afflecks Palace in Manchester (the hosting venue for The New Libertines) – a new “classic murder mystery” play, Guilt by Sarah Wilkinson, will premiere at 3MT 8th-10th March, tickets £6/7.50.

Happy weekend!

Alex Herod

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