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Regent’s Park happenings of Plath, Dickens, Woolf and Eliot brought to life through art

Plath, Dickens, Woolf, Eliot and Stevie Smith are among the authors who have written either in or about Regent’s Park. Now Hampstead artist Sarah Pickstone has compiled a book that brings together her paintings of the Royal Park with the writings that inspired them.

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Jemma Wayne - After Before

‘Insidious’ damage of Rwandan genocide remembered 20 years later in Jemma Wayne’s ‘After Before’

It is 20 years since the Rwandan genocide claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, wreaking havoc on those who survived. That shocking episode is captured by Jemma Wayne in her novel After Before, about the interweaved lives of three women from very different backgrounds.

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Caitlin Moran will appear at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June

Caitlin Moran holds up a heroine for feminist cause

Men were outnumbered by women by a ratio of roughly one to 30 as feminist icon Caitlin Moran launched her latest book at Islington’s Union Chapel.

Around 850 women and 30 men witnessed Moran confirm her status as the rock star of print journalism earlier this month.

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Sasha Abramsky, author.

The Highgate home that hid twenty thousand books

An ordinary house might have at most a few bookcases lined with an assortment of hard and paperbacks. So it’s hard to grasp the idea that an unassuming semi-detached home on Hillway, Highgate, once held more than 20,000 rare books, manuscripts and documents.

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Chris Meade

Nearlyology: Finding artistic inspiration in life’s ‘what ifs?’

Picture walking into your local Waterstones, perusing the rows of paperbacks until the walls start to close in and picking out a decidedly underwhelming thriller in a “buy one, get one half-price” deal. Now picture A Night of Nearly event in Crouch End with readings from a book in progress, live music and suggestions from the audience for the next instalment.

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by Maeve Haran

Maeve Haran’s new baby-boomer novel is straight from the heart

Highgate author Maeve Haran is the living proof that you should write what you know. Back in the Nineties, when she had two young children and a demanding career in TV, she tapped into the zeitgeist with her debut novel, Having It All, about the emotional dilemmas of young working mothers.

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Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project

Something for all tastes at Hampstead and Highgate Express Literary Festival

The line-up for the sixth Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival has been announced, with a packed three-day programme of author talks, workshops, walks and children’s events. Lord Charles Spencer, Tanya Byron, Antonia Fraser, Dan Freedman Lynne Reid Banks and Penny Vincenzi are among the writers and interviewers at this year’s festival which runs from September 14 to 16 at Ivy House, Golders Green.

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Harriet Lane

Harriet Lane’s Her delights in deliciously twisted corners of suburbia

If asked to name some of the darkest corners of north London, few would surely pick Highgate’s Pond Square or the children’s playground in Waterlow Park.

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Back tattoo by Rox

Tattoo anthology reveals art from the sublime to the macabre

A large, blue eye staring out of the back of a head, nature running the length of a body, a tall ship sailing upon a torso –tattoo art has come a long way from its traditional beginnings.

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lit fest

Behind the lines of ‘Demon’ Lynn Barber

Journalists quizzing fellow hacks can be an indulgent, tail-eating exercise, but a writer at the top of her game like Lynn Barber more than justifies being interviewed in her own right.

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Dr Graham Music

Dr Graham Music explains how our material world makes us selfish

Leading a good life and having The Good Life are intrinsically linked, according to Tavistock psychotherapist Dr Graham Music.

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Co authors Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell

‘Cosy crime’ series Crouch End Confidential mark departure for Chicklit writers

Strange things are happening in Crouch End, though nothing beyond the abilities of a north London mum adept at solving the odd murder.

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author

How a Highgate author’s masterplan conquered the Kindle charts

‘I always felt I could do something if only I knew what it was,” says author Tina Seskis, whose first novel is being relaunched this week after a three-book deal with Penguin. What is extraordinary about her journey is that she first published her novel, One Step Too Far, through her own company.

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Music See all

La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

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Jodi Ann Bickley

Camden Roundhouse Poetry Slams: Kids in the riot of poetry competition

Poetry is rarely compared to a riot but then again the Roundhouse Poetry Slams is no ordinary spoken word event.

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Art See all

Olympic opening ceremony (night)

Picture gallery: Former Telegraph cartoonist Nicholas Garland brings colour of London’s 2012 Olympics to life

Two years ago, cartoonist Nicholas Garland landed the commission of a lifetime – to capture the atmosphere and events of the impending 2012 Olympics.

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