Make Your Own Gifts for Book Lovers

By March 19, 2017Arty, Video

If you love reading, and you love being a bit crafty then making your own bookish goodies and gifts can be fun and rewarding. Hand made gifts are always treasured, add in a literary twist and what more could you want?

This selection of little gits and arts you can make yourself is lovely. It was originally uploaded for Christmas but with Easter on the way, some of these are pretty simple and effective, particularly if you’re giving books for gifts too!

Take a look and see if you can get some inspiration for some bookish crafts.

Listen to a Recording of J.R.R. Tolkien Reading the Lord of the Rings

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If you spend more time thinking about Middle-Earth than you do thinking about the real world then you’ll want to listen to these old recordings of Mr. Tolkien himself reading from The Lord of the Rings. We may never get to attend a reading by Tolkien, but these audio files are the next best thing. Read More

First Full Trailer of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Doesn’t Shy from Political Parallels

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When activists arrived at Texas Senate Chambers last week to oppose two anti-choice bills dressed in full red robes as homage to The Handmaid’s Tale it was hard not to draw parallels between the events that start the horrors in the dystopian novel, and the reality of politics right now.

If you were in any doubt then the full trailer of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale should push that away as producers promise to bring all the gritty events in the book to life. Read More

Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Howl by Allen Ginsburg (and how it was seized on grounds of obscenity)

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On 25th March, 1957 US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsburg’s poem Howl on grounds of obscenity, securing the poem’s place in cult classic history. The ensuing events saw City Lights Bookstore owner, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsburg arrested as both played the ‘I’m Spartacus’ role of both claiming to be the author. The pair were charged with disseminating obscene literature and both were arrested with a court case to follow. Read More

Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott Reads Sea Grapes

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Sir Derek Alton Walcott (January 1930- March 2017) was an award-winning poet from Saint Lucia; born to parents who adored poetry and art, Derek and his twin brother Roderick (a playwright) seemed destined to be creative and expressive themselves.

Sadly Derek passed away in March 2017, but he has left an extensive legacy of poetry that gained much recognition through the decades. He wrote his first poem at 14 and, with help from his mother, he self-published his works, and eventually gained a scholarship to the University College of the West Indies.

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