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Killing Eve Star and Charlatans Frontman Take Over a Bookshop

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Killing Eve and Doctor Who star Susan Lynch and Charlatans singer Tim Burgess have temporarily closed a bookshop in Gloucester. Cornell Books in High Street, Tewkesbury has been taken over for three days to be the filming location for Susan Lynch’s directorial début and Tim Burgess’ acting début.

The short film titled The Bookshop will star Burgess in the lead role, as bookshop owner Leonard. In an interview for Gloucestershire Live, Susan Lynch explains the inspiration and story behind the film. Sitting beside Burgess with a bookshelf backdrop, Lynch tells us, “I saw Tim in concert in the Charltons and what struck me about his energy on stage is that he’s like so many different people. So, the inspiration for The Bookshop came from all the different roles that I saw Tim be in the Charlatans and we’ve sort of transferred that idea of fantasy into a very beautiful fable about a guy who works in a bookshop whose got demons from his past and he faces those demons through the other people that come in to the bookshop.”

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Thousands of Books, Films, and Pieces of Music from 1923 Have Now Entered the Public Domain

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As of January 1, 2019, tens of thousands of works of literature, music, and film have entered the public domain, meaning they can be enjoyed and used for free without paying royalty fees to the copyright holders. The list of new works of art available is staggering, and includes works from the likes of Agatha Christie, E.E. Cummings, Charlie Chaplin, and Louis Armstrong.

For readers, this will mean that many books from that year will now be available to download for free on e-readers and they can be more easily be used in schools for educational purposes.
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10 Jokes Only Reading Addicts Will Understand

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Reading Addicts are refined and high brow people with a sophisticated sense of humour… Usually.

Ok who are we kidding- you love the puerile, pun-tastic, and perfectly poor taste joke as much as the next person. The only difference is that we Reading Addicts occasionally mix a little literary knowledge into their humour, and come up with some jokes only fellow readers will understand.

How many of the following literary jokes do you understand? And can you come up with any more?

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Stan Lee’s Last Gift to the Marvel Universe

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Stan Lee left us one last parting gift that he was working on before he died- a new Marvel character!

According to his daughter, JC Lee, Stan was working on a new character Dirt Man after she asked him if he would write a new superhero without all the “steel” and “clatter” of his previous creations. As an alternative to the shiny and spectacular heroes we are used to she suggested a new hero should get “down and dirty” instead.

JC Lee told TMZ Live: “We have been working on a character called Dirt Man. [He is the] last little angel that we’ve got tucked away.”

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15 Festive Library Displays

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Festive displays are everywhere this season but none make our hearts leap than those set up for us in libraries.

For those of us who spend much of our time in the library, a festive display is good fun and the ones we want to show you are just amazing! The staff at the libraries must have had a great time putting these together…

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Drunk History UK’s Best Literary Figures

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Drunk History UK is possibly the funniest show around right now, with its heady mix of famous faces, perfect lip syncing, and gratuitous swearing.

Each comedian takes on a figure or story from history and explains in as much factual detail as possible who they were and what they became known for.

The comedian gets as sloshed as they possibly can while attempting to still speak coherently- telling us the tale of their historical figure. As well as some of the big royal and military names through history, they touch on some of our best known writers- Byron, Potter, Shelley, and more…

Check out some highlights here.

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Margaret Atwood comes to the rescue on Twitter

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Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, came to a student’s rescue on Twitter after they reached out to her for answers.

Asking via the Twitter handle ‘GavrilovMomchil’, they write:

“My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book. We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!”

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