Top Ten: World Book Night Books

This week saw the UK celebrate its 3rd annual World Book Night and the US its 2nd. 23rd April was chosen as the date as it is the UNESCO World Book Day, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and probable birthdate) and the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes…

Haiku for the Single Girl

Every time I sit down to write a review of a book that I’ve just read I wonder what to say and how much information to put in the review. One thing I’ve never thought about including though was where I was when reading the book – does it matter if I was on a train, or on a sofa in the living room or in bed? But I’m going to make an exception…

Tam o’ Shanter

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Hallowe'en Horror Week

I’ve been looking for different ways to celebrate Hallowe’en Horror Week. I wanted to review a variety of different films from the benign and funny like Shaun of the Dead to more violent and bloodcurdling shockers like Saw. That was simple enough, but I was still unsure of what to do for book reviews….

The World’s Wife

A female perspective on some of history’s most enduring stories

Ever since I was an eager young English student trying to emulate older friends I’ve tried to convince myself that I love poetry. I bought vast collections which still sit unread on my bookshelves and nodded sagely whenever people spoke about poetry.

Birmingham for Tariq Jahan

The UK seems to be returning to some sort of normality after last week’s riots, although for some families it will take much longer than a few days to recover. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem dedicated to Tariq Jahan, whose son Haroon was one of three brave young men killed while trying to protect their local community.