Have They Got Fake News For You?

This is the first in a series of posts inspired by taking part in York Theatre Royal’s new community play Everything is Possible about the York Suffragette movement (20th June to 2nd July). The human stories of winning the vote reminds me that our engagement in society is both our (hard won) right and our duty.

As we enter election season (both local on 4th May and national on 8th June), I felt it was time to reflect on the debate organised by my friends at Glass Half Full earlier this year on the subject of “fake news” and the social media bubble. Continue reading “Have They Got Fake News For You?”

Author News: The Delight of Boxes

It is with great pleasure that we announce that “The Delight of Boxes” is now available in paperback: post-apocalyptic fiction with an unreliable narrator, exploring themes of family, truth and trust.  This week only (18th to 25th April), you can enter our GoodReads giveaway here for a chance to win a free copy!

You can also check out his previous collections for tales of love, hope and betrayal, from fractured fairy tales to unexpected superheroes. What will you discover? Continue reading “Author News: The Delight of Boxes”

On Stage: In Fog and Falling Snow (George Stephenson)

What do you do when your theatre is closed for nearly a year for a major refurb? Build another (temporary) one of course: the show must go on…! At least, that was the York Theatre Royal’s approach, constructing the Signal Box Theatre in a huge insulated marquee with a railway track down the middle at the back of the National Railway Museum. Continue reading “On Stage: In Fog and Falling Snow (George Stephenson)”

On Stage: Books Inspired by York Theatre

The York Theatre Royal is one of the oldest theatres in the country and has played a big part in my life in York, not least because of their willingness to put on professional quality community plays with a cast and choir of hundreds, which has built up a great community vibe. After a major refurbishment, the hoardings have just come down as it’s now less than two weeks before it will finally reopen its doors to the public for a world premiere adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (22nd to 30th April in York then touring, tickets available here).  Continue reading “On Stage: Books Inspired by York Theatre”

The Courageous State by Richard Murphy

Following the release of the Panama Papers, now feels like an excellent time to review my favourite book about tax, money and the common good: The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and The Role of Government by Richard Murphy. Continue reading “The Courageous State by Richard Murphy”

At Least It’s Not Raining by Stephen Redman

Childhood cancer is rare, affecting just a few thousand families each year in the UK, and of those, 80% of children diagnosed with cancer survive. But what if your family is in the 20%? Continue reading “At Least It’s Not Raining by Stephen Redman”

Places to Read: Love Your Library

The most obvious place to read is where the books are: your local library. For most of us, this was where we started on our book loving journey, because it’s fair to say that libraries are the UK’s most accessible ways into culture. There’s no entrance fee (so long as you remember to return your books on time), there’s one in every medium to large size community (and alternative provision in rural areas,though not very useful if you’re at work all day), and alongside the books, films and music, there’s always something on. Continue reading “Places to Read: Love Your Library”

Murder Mystery: Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury

This is my second review of books featured in ReadRegional 2016, a fantastic festival of home-grown literary talent across the North of England. Find your local events here.

“Bones in the Nest” is the second novel about Sean Denton, who starts out as a Police Commumity Support Officer (PCSO) in “To Catch A Rabbit” but has now been trained as a fully fledged PC. Sean is a great character: still learning his role, keeping up with banter and conflicted by having to solve a difficult murder case on the estate in Doncaster where he grew up. Continue reading “Murder Mystery: Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury”

Time For A Good Murder Mystery (or several)

Having recently appeared in the York Theatre Royal’s “Blood in the Ballroom” murder mystery event, I think it’s time to review some of my favourite crime and mystery books, starting with Read Regional author Helen Cadbury. Continue reading “Time For A Good Murder Mystery (or several)”

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