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Lifeboat station launch for Limehaven

Publisher IRON Press is planning a coastal launch for Limehaven at the Eclectic IRON literary festival this summer. The book launch will take place at Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Station on Sunday 7 June at 4.30pm. The event will feature readings…

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Three reasons to read poetry

Spring has arrived in this windswept corner of the UK. There’s a dusting of blossom in the park, the willow trees are coming into leaf and the birds are all aflutter. It is April - national poetry month! To celebrate,…

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Stillness Speaks By Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

I overdid it this winter. Hunkered down. Feasted. Forgot to move. A whiff of spring and I’m waking up. My body craves soup, my heart, simple nourishment. No doorstep sandwiches or difficult novels for me. I’m writing haiku and reading…

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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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Cover Detail From What It Is By Lynda 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

“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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