Arts and Culture, Literature

5 Literature-inspired ways to spend lock-down

We’re living in unprecedented times – emotions and anxieties are at an all-time high for many of us. Cooped up inside, we’re unsure when we’ll next see friends, family, or indeed anyone that isn’t the supermarket check-out assistant. As we get used to our new normal – as jobs become remote, and our social lives… Continue reading 5 Literature-inspired ways to spend lock-down

Arts and Culture, Film, Literature

The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

It’s perhaps ironic that I ended up buying and writing a book review of The Woman In The Window because I read the recent expose in The New Yorker of its author, A J Finn, Dan Mallory’s alias. Mallory’s life – and his web of lies, it turns out – could give his own characters… Continue reading The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

Arts and Culture, Musical Theatre

‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

I first watched Sondheim's Company when I was sixteen years old and was immediately captivated. The production starred and was directed by Broadway star Daniel Evans, fresh from the success of Sunday In the Park With George, another Sondheim hit. The production was at Sheffield's Lyceum: not the most obvious location for a Sondheim musical… Continue reading ‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

Arts and Culture, History, Literature

The real St. Valentine

Beheadings, Roman brutality and a Parliament of Fowls — doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? The truth is that Februarys’ celebrated holiday — St. Valentine’s Day — has a complex and varied history. The truth is, little is known about the origins of Valentine’s. Like many of the highlights of history, the titular Saint Valentine… Continue reading The real St. Valentine

Arts and Culture, Irish Authors, Literature

The Best of 2018: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Smile’ 

Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash Rewind back to the spring of 2018 and celebrated Irish author, Roddy Doyle, is being interviewed by Stephanie Merritt as the celebrated Hay Festival enters its 30th year. The topic is Doyle’s latest offering: a harrowing story of childhood trauma, secrets, and self-revelation. The date of Doyle’s interview is significant: the 25th… Continue reading The Best of 2018: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Smile’