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Sea Haiku Madness At THE IRON AGE Festival

Sea haiku madness at THE IRON AGE festival

On Saturday I set sail on the squally seas in a Cullercoats fishing boat. I sit in my warm study, contemplating the weather. Wind whips round the yard, rattling the chains of the hanging baskets. Rain lashes the window. This…

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What It Is By Linda Barry

What it is by Linda Barry

I received a gift. A mysterious parcel in the post. I knew it was coming, but not what it was, nor when it would arrive. I waited by the letterbox like an eager terrier. I wanted to know what this…

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Rebecca’s Tale By Sally Beauman

Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  So begins Rebecca’s Tale, echoing Daphne du Maurier’s haunting romantic thriller Rebecca. Twenty years has passed since Rebecca de Winter drowned off the coast of Cornwall. Now a different dreamer is…

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I want my hat back by Jon Klassen

My brother gave me this picture book. It is for readers aged 3+. That includes me. Hooray for the plus! I loved it. Smart dialogue. Deadpan pictures. Wicked humour. You have to be good to tell a story so simply.…

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State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Dependable research scientist Marina Singh leaves behind everything she knows when she travels deep into the Amazon jungle to investigate the death of her colleague, Anders Eckman. Marina works for a pharmaceutical company that is developing a revolutionary new fertility drug…

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Robert Rabbin’s Authenticity Accelerator

Robert Rabbin’s Authenticity Accelerator

I have been silent for several weeks - online at least! I like silence. You can hear yourself think. Or not. Not is rarer and more interesting, and I’m always curious to learn from people who’ve tapped into their own…

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Soul food in cyberspace

The only thing I’ve read lately is the lunch menu at the local sandwich shop. Work has welded me to the Machine. You know the one. You are staring into it. Starved of novels, I’ve been stumbling around the cyber-desert…

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Classic adventure yarn set in the American South. Huck Finn yearns for freedom. He’s lectured by well-meaning guardians and beaten by his drunken father. So he fakes his own murder and takes off down the Mississippi in a stolen canoe.…

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