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Ruskin Bond the Hip Hop Nature Boy

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Ruskin Bond was born on the 19th of May 1934 in Kasauli, and over the years lived in both the UK and all over India. His works have been influenced by his early life living at the foothills of the Himalayas.

His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in a small rented room on a roof.

His first children’s book was The Angry River, published in 1972. On writing for children, Ruskin said, “I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better.”

Ruskin has written a series of autobiographical work: Rain in the Mountains, about his years spent in Mussoorie; Scenes from a Writer’s Life based on his life up until he was 21, and Scenes from a Writer’s Life focuses on his English adventures.

“It also tells a lot about my parents”, he says, “The book ends with the publication of my first novel and my decision to make writing my livelihood…Basically, it describes how I became a writer”.

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New Adaptation for ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Due for Release and the Trailer is Dark

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Fox Searchlight Pictures is due to release a brand new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel of the same name and its due for release in just a couple of weeks. My Cousin Rachel might not be as well known as Rebecca but it shouldn’t be overlooked, it offers the same Gothic foreboding du Maurier is well known for and the trailer looks amazing! Read More

New Adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express Coming

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Agatha Christie remains one of the best selling authors in the world, more than forty years after her death, and her thrilling mysteries have been adapted many times for screen and stage. In 1974 Murder on the Orient Express was adapted for movie, and this year it’s being remade by 20th Century Fox with release planned later this year.

The new screenplay is written by Michael Green and is based on the 1934 novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh will be directed and it’s thought filming is well underway for the Hercule Poirot mystery. Read More

The New IT Teaser is here and it’s Terrifying!

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Back in late March we brought you the much anticipated first teaser for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT and it certainly gave a feel for how terrifying this movie is going to be. This week, the second teaser is released as the anticipation builds for the September release and we have that for you today!

Coulrophobes look away now, the new IT teaser is here and it’s absolutely terrifying! Read More

Alan Bennett Reads From His Memoir, Keeping On Keeping On

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Alan Bennet was born in Leeds on the 9th of May 1934, and graduated Oxford University where he gained a first class degree in history. During the 1960s he stretched his comedy legs with Dudley Moore and others at the Edinburgh Festival. His sharp humour led him to work with BBC sitcoms, and many stage plays throughout his lifetime.

His latest work is his memoir and collection of essays Keeping on Keeping on, published in 2016. Here he can be seen reading an excerpt for the audience at the National Theatre, with his recognisable Leeds accent.

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10 Silly Poems and Stories Performed by Michael Rosen

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Michael Rosen was born in Harrow, UK on the 7th of May, 1946.

After a grammar school education, Rosen gained an English degree at Oxford university and worked for a while at the BBC as a graduate trainee. He presented W.A.L.R.U.S (Write And Learn, Read, Understand, Speak) for BBC Schools, in the 1970s, however he found the corporation a restrictive place to work for: “Their view of ‘educational’ was narrow. The machine had decided this was the direction to take. Your own creativity was down the spout.”

Since becoming a freelance writer and poet, Rosen has been a significant contributor to poetry, story, and verse for both children and adults. His work has touched a lot of lives, and inspired millions of children to write their own expressive and hilarious poetry.

Rosen has won multiple awards for his work, and was Children’s Laureate between 2007-2009. When his stint as laureate was over he commented in the Guardian newspaper: “Sometimes when I sit with children when they have the space to talk and write about things, I have the feeling that I am privileged to be the kind of person who is asked to be part of it”.

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Official Trailer for The Dark Tower is Finally here

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It seems we’ve been waiting an age for the official trailer for The Dark Tower movie. It was back in 2010 it was first announced that the Dark Tower book series was to be adapted for movie and more recently it was announced that Idris Elba would be playing Gunslinger Roland Deschain.

Over the last year several trailers have been leaked and quickly removed from the Internet but finally today we can offer you the first official trailer for the movie. Read More

David Tennant Plays an Inimitable Hamlet.

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Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular, and most dark tragedies, since its first staging in 1603. Its enduring popularity has meant that a host of famous faces has graced the stage and screen, playing the fated prince. The 20th and 21st centuries has seen wonderful actors giving life to the play, from Sir Ian McKellen to Jude Law, from Christopher Walken to Michael Sheen, and many besides.

There is one, in my opinion, who captured him like no other… David Tennant, in a 2009 BBC rendition of the play.

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This DIY Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast will Light up Your Life

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We’d all love an Enchanted Rose like the one that appears in Beauty and the Beast, but sadly we’re not all capable of great magic! Thankfully that doesn’t matter any more as we’ve found a tutorial to make your own Enchanted Rose (no magic required).

The finished effect is stunning, but it’s also fairly simple to make. If you’re planning a Beauty and the Beast inspired birthday party, or even a themed bedroom, this enchanted rose will make the perfect addition. It’s lovely! Read More