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Theatre Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Photos were taken by my lovely friend and Cursed Child companion Alice – @aliopalio30

This review is spoiler free #Keepthesecrets

Roll back almost a year to August the 4th 2016, as Dad and I initiated a two-prong approach to getting tickets to this sought after play. I was tasked with joining and watching the online queues whilst Dad attempted to buy tickets through the phone line. Even with it being the designated access line, and therefore had fewer people in the queue than the main phone line, it still took 7 hours – it may have been almost poetic in the context of the Harry Potter if it wasn’t so stressful. That being said, we got tickets, and it was so worth it! Continue reading “Theatre Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child”

Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

If Anna Kendrick has an identifier, it is that she is as sassy and down to earth as she is talented. The first film I remember identifying her in was Pitch Perfect, released in 2012 and since that all singing, all dancing extravaganza, I, and many others, became a fan; really enjoying her uniqueness. Her humour is natural and a part of her; her personality shines in every role, interview, tweet, and now, it is evident in the written account of her life. Continue reading “Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody”

The red book box?

This post was originally published in the Bridport News. I wrote for them, once a week, as a guest columnist

As mobile phones dominate the telecommunication industry, the original purpose of the charming red phone boxes that adorn village corners is disappearing. However, the boxes themselves are not obsolete. Once again, they are becoming occupied, maybe no longer by the hassled and fumbling people of before but now by colourful spines and expectant browsers: telephone boxes have become community libraries. Tiny, red spaces perfect for holding the thousand lives that books can offer any wannabe adventurer. Continue reading “The red book box?”

#HarryPotter20: An open letter to J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowing,

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I, and many, many others will be forever grateful for your imagination, your perseverance and your stories. Continue reading “#HarryPotter20: An open letter to J.K. Rowling”

Theatre Review: Addams Family Musical

The Addams are, as I am sure many of you know, a fictional family. Weird, strange, and definitely dysfunctional, they are the creation of Cartoonist Charles Addams. Published in the New Yorker from 1938 until Charles’ death in 1988, they earnt themselves a T.V series in 1964, a made for T.V movie in the 1970s and were revitalised in the 1990s with two different films. As is, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone who doesn’t know the name of at least one of the characters; and that’s pretty much all I knew of the Addams family as well. I knew that Wednesday was the daughter, Morticia the mother and that one member of the household was a hand that clicked.  Continue reading “Theatre Review: Addams Family Musical”

University is over.

I am back in Dorset. Redwood G.01 has been packed up, scrubbed and polished for the last time and my time at Bath Spa has come to an end. I have completed my degree. It’s taking a bit of time to sink in and honestly; I don’t think it will until next September when my sister goes back to school, and I don’t go back to education. Continue reading “University is over.”

More waffle than post.

Today would have marked the fourth week in a row that I haven’t posted anything on this blog. Whilst I am still somewhat unmotivated, and utterly swamped and burnt out with uni work, I just couldn’t let that happen.

As the title suggests, this is less likely to be a discursive post, a collection of my thoughts about a bookish topic, and more of a rambling catch-up,  an apology and a hesitant promise that I will try my hardest to get back to weekly posting. Feel free to stop reading here. Continue reading “More waffle than post.”

Empathy at work: Empathy and reading and writing.

A research seminar at Bath Spa University, chaired by Maggie Gee (who also spoke at the Past, Present, and Future of Reading panel I attended last year) and with speakers Professor Bambo Soyinka, Emma Geen, Dr Alison Lee and Dr Omar Al Khayatt, was where I found myself last Wednesday evening.  Continue reading “Empathy at work: Empathy and reading and writing.”

Yay for YA!

This post, accept from the last line which was edited for this post, was originally published in the Bridport News. I wrote for them, once a week, as a guest columnist.

The term Young Adult, to describe a literary demographic, was first developed in 1944 by librarian Margaret Scoggin. Although recognised for coining the term it was actually an employee of the New York public library, Anne Carroll Moore, who first identified the group in 1906. Continue reading “Yay for YA!”

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