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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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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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Danny Wallace, right, with head brewer Benedikt Ott, at Truman's Brewery in Stoke Newington

‘Yes Man’ Danny Wallace is all for a beer to launch ‘Who is Tom Ditto?’

It’s not every writer who launches his book with a character-themed ale and, indeed, Danny Wallace reckons he’s probably the first.

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8 - Completion. By Sidney Newbery, copyright Architect and Building News

20 - The Isobar complete with short chair by Marcel Breuer. By Dell & Wainwright copyright Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library

- Wells Coates and Jack Pritchard Lawn Road Flats  The Pritchard Papers, University of East Anglia

How Agatha Christie secretly lived amongst Soviet spies in Hampstead

As historian David Burke points out, the basic requirement of any spy is not to look conspicuous. So when, between the mid-1930s and mid-1940s, around 25 Soviet operatives came to live next to each other in one of London’s new landmark modernist buildings, it didn’t sound like the smartest move.

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Music See all


Gaggle sisters doin’ it for themselves

When you think of the description “girl band”, the latest batch of simpering, over-sexualised X Factor rejects springs to mind. Add choir into that mix and you have a bunch of operatic 16-year-olds of the young Charlotte Church variety. However, all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl band Gaggle have a new kind of look and sound that manages to defy any kind of label that is thrown at them.

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Theatre See all

Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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Art See all

Scarlet Page with Slash

Photographer Scarlet Page’s Resonators captures everyone from Paul McCartney to her famous Led Zeppelin father

As the daughter of one of the most influential guitarists to ever grace these shores, Scarlet Page is aware that when she became a photographer, certain doors would open themselves more readily to her in the entertainment world.

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The Source are here to detox your body and cleanse you of your sins so you can enjoy the summer sun! Cold-pressed juices are the new thing and The Source are the newest and tastiest organic range to hit the streets of London.

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