3 Unwritten Rules I Think You Should Know About Using Your Library (It Wasn’t Like This In My Day)

At Hudderfield Library last Saturday, we celebrated World Book Night two days early and during the day. Here's an edited version of my reading, taken from The Living Library: If you think back to when you went to the library as children, you’d be forgiven for thinking that libraries have changed beyond recognition. The buildings … Continue reading 3 Unwritten Rules I Think You Should Know About Using Your Library (It Wasn’t Like This In My Day)

Book review: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

When Rhoda Janzen is left ‘broke and broken’ after her husband leaves her for a man he met on Gay.com, and in the same week suffers serious injuries in a car accident, she retreats to her Mennonite family for a taste of the familiar. What follows is not a misery memoir, although it could have … Continue reading Book review: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Book review: Last Seen in Lhasa by Claire Scobie

What begins as a trip to Tibet in search of a rare red lily develops into a spiritual journey for Claire that eventually spreads over several years. Her friendship with Ani, a nomadic nun, is one of the two threads that run through the book, the other being the changing tide in Tibet. As Tibet … Continue reading Book review: Last Seen in Lhasa by Claire Scobie

Book review: Serious Men by Manu Joseph

Ayyan Mani is a dalit with an IQ of 148. He is the personal assistant to Arvind Acharya, the (Brahmin) Head of the Institute of Theory and Research in Mumbai. In an attempt to lift his family out of the chawls (high-rise tenements with shared toilets on each floor) Ayyan positions his son as a … Continue reading Book review: Serious Men by Manu Joseph

Review: True Stories: Guilty Pleasures, Channel 4, March 2011

Julie Moggan’s True Stories: Guilty Pleasures gives a unique 360-degree view of the Mills and Boon romance. Told through the viewpoints of three readers, one male model (with over 200 covers to his name) and one writer, we are given a touching insight into the realities, fantasies, and individual expectations of finding and keeping love. … Continue reading Review: True Stories: Guilty Pleasures, Channel 4, March 2011

Review: Milton Jones, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, March 2011

If anyone can generate belly laughs with an overhead projector, Milton Jones can. The surreal one-liners come thick and fast, but he paces himself by letting his ‘granddad’ and supporting comic James Acaster warm us up a bit. Although the gags hark back to the days where comics told one-liners and used props, this is … Continue reading Review: Milton Jones, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, March 2011

Review: Count Arthur Strong’s Command Performance, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, March 2011

Like a mad uncle at an ill-advised family reunion, Count Arthur Strong guarantees to astound and amuse in equal amounts. Steve Delaney’s character is a delight. He is also a nincompoop. Wonderfully deranged, oblivious to the chaos in his wake, and choking on self-importance, he is a joy to watch. It’s worth taking a moment … Continue reading Review: Count Arthur Strong’s Command Performance, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, March 2011