August 1 2014 Latest news:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leading a good life and having The Good Life are intrinsically linked, according to Tavistock psychotherapist Dr Graham Music.
Strange things are happening in Crouch End, though nothing beyond the abilities of a north London mum adept at solving the odd murder.
‘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.
Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.
Poetry is rarely compared to a riot but then again the Roundhouse Poetry Slams is no ordinary spoken word event.
Two years ago, cartoonist Nicholas Garland landed the commission of a lifetime – to capture the atmosphere and events of the impending 2012 Olympics.
Grand Union Brixton have teamed up with Rekorderlig to host the #SpiritofSummer between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th August.