Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

A Queer Sort of History

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the (partial) legalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. (It would be 1980 before Scotland followed suit and 1981 for Northern Ireland). Bisexuality, transgenderism or lesbianism have never been illegal in Britain (despite … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Just the one book this week – and something from the Booker Prize longlist: ‘Elmet’ by Fiona Mozley. This year’s longlist is a bit of an odd one. Of the books I’ve read only one deserves to be there: ‘Reservoir … Continue reading

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‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe’s novel¬†‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ is based on the life of Andrea Dunbar, a playwright whose early plays were put on at the Royal Court in London and later turned into the film ‘Rita, Sue and Bob … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

A non-fiction week, just for a change. First up is Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘The Secret Life’, a collection of three essays on individuals ‘from the porous border between cyberspace and the ‘real world”: ‘The Invention of Ronald Pinn’ finds O’Hagan exploring … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

First up this week, ‘RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR’ by Philip Hoare:¬†‘In this watery book, Philip Hoare goes in pursuit of human and animal stories of the sea…Along the way he encounters drowned poets and eccentric artists, modernist writers and era-defining performers, wild utopians … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

I’ve been very restrained this week and only bought one book, ‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ by Adelle Stripe. It’s a factional (?) novel about Andrea Dunbar, the playwright most famous for ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’ which was … Continue reading

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Music Time: Althea and Donna

One of the best summer songs ever…  

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