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Blog entries on '24 February 2006'

Friday 24 February 2006

Get London Reading

The Get London Reading ("[e]ncouraging Londoners to make more time for reading") project came to my attention the other day when a young man shoved a copy of The Rough Guide to London by the Book into my hand as I was running to catch a train back to sunny Stockport after a day in a very cold London. The guide is "[p]acked with obscure and intriguing information (How did Graham Greene survive the bombing of his Clapham house in 1941? Which nineteenth-century poet was in the habit of sliding naked down the banisters?), it chronicles the waves of novelists, poets and playwrights who have lived in London over the centuries, written about it, and developed its identity as a result." You can download (pdf!) a copy if you fancy a gander.

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Friday 24 February 2006

Stop the Clock

English PEN tells me about The South Bank Centre presenting Stop The Clock: Writers and the Perception of Time: "Stop the Clock questions how we read the present through our collective past. In this major series of talks on history and the perception of time, British and European writers will discuss the way contemporary writing explores these themes." They look to be an interestting series of conversations (although, for my money, a weekend indoors with Proust or Bergson would probably serve just as well). The talk, on Tuesday 7th March, with Rem Koolhaas and Cees Nooteboom looks to be the most interesting, although I'm sure Ismail Kadare, with his French translator David Bellos, and Harry Mulisch on Tuesday 28th March will be pretty good too.

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Friday 24 February 2006

News from Tom and Simone

Tom Gauld and Simone Lia's exhibition of books, drawings, paintings and prints continues to run at Analogue Books up in Edinburgh. You can also see some of the work in the Cabanon Press gallery. Also worth noting is that Tom's new screenprint The Hairy Monster, a guide is just out. Tom also has a new story entitled Sample Collection Unit 413/R87.13 in the anthology Kramers Ergot Six which is due out this summer. Simone's Fluffy part four is also out now, completing the cutest story ever told about a rabbit who thought he was real.

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Friday 24 February 2006

Daffs

The Lake District National Park Authority have set up a website to monitor when the first daffodils blossom in the Lake District! The Petal Peek bulb watch has been created so that visitors will know exactly when the flowers that inspired William Wordsworth are spotted for the first time in 2006. The main flowering of daffodils is expected in late March.

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