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Unseen Winnie the Pooh Sketches Released

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It’s an exciting time for the little bear who loves hunny! A brand new film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is due for release and now BBC Radio 4 has released some unseen sketches of Winnie the Pooh showing how the first book came to fruition.

As the video explains, in the first sketches Pooh was considered to be a grumpy looking figure, which meant the whole thing just didn’t work. In the end, Milne took inspiration from the real Christopher Robin’s teddy bear, creating the first sketches of the bear we can all recognise on sight. Read More

Potter Fans Gather at King’s Cross for ’19 Years Later’

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Harry Potter fans will well remember the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where the gang reassemble at Platform 9 ¾ to wave off their own children to Hogwarts for the first time. Well, this may come as a shock, but ‘19 years later’, is 1st September 2017, the date in the book that the next generation go off to school and Harry Potter fans are celebrating in style! Read More

Invictus: A Poem that Inspired a Nation

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Invictus is a short Victorian poem written by William Ernest Henley (23rd Aug, 1849 – 11th Jul, 1903), published in 1888 in his first volume of poems Book of Verses.

Although little known, the poem was originally published without title. The name Invictus (Latin for unconquered) was added later by editor Arthur Quiller-Couch. The message of the poem is fortitude in adversity, strength, and the stiff upper lip we associate with the Victorian period. Read More

Phillip Larkin Reads ‘This Be The Verse’.

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Phillip Larkin was born on the 9th of August in 1922 and died on the 2nd of December in 1985. He was a librarian and writer- best known for his poetry.
Larkin’s poetry has been described as reflective and with ironic understatement. His lyrical works are full of a quiet discontent that manages to give the reader a sense of ordinary life, with his recurring themes and subjects, such as death and fatalism.

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Alexei Sayle Discusses His Second Autobiography.

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Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool, UK on the 7th of August, 1952. Sayle is considered a central figure in the alternative comedy revolution of the 1980s which had kicked back against the old fashioned comedy stylings that had come previously. Often politically charged, Sayle’s comedy took an absurd and cynical look at society and culture.

Alexei Sayle has turned his hand to a vast array of creative mediums over the last four decades from his 3 music albums in the 1980s, written 5 screenplays and 10 books, as well as a host of film and television appearances.

As an author Sayle has written five novels and two short story collections, and in 1987 he created a graphic novel, Geoffrey The Tube Train And The Fat Comedian. A collection of his columns for Time Out and the Sunday Mirror were collated into his book Great Bus Journeys of the World, co-written with David Stafford.

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Thug Notes – Wuthering Heights

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As regulars to the site will know, we’re quite the fan of the Thug Notes series on You Tube where Wisecrack reviews classic literature in true thug style. Wisecrack has tackled some of the greatest tomes, breaking them down into sizeable chunks and discussing them in a way that these classics have never been discussed.

Today we’re featuring Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Wisecrack has Heathcliff all worked out! The video is below, listen to Wuthering Heights reviewed like never before! Read More

Jo Nesbø’s, The Snowman Adapted for Movie and the Trailer is Intense

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Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series has proven thrilling and suspenseful and is much loved by book fans. To date there are eleven books in the series and we’re about to see Detective Harry Hole (prounounced Hoo-leh) imagined on screen for the first time!

As is often the case with crime adaptations, it’s not the first novel in the Harry Hole series that is being adapted, that was The Bat, written in 1997 but the seventh book, The Snowman, released in 2007 in Norwegian and translated in 2010. This isn’t unusual for crime adaptations, and could mean we see further adaptations if The Snowman is successful! Read More

Disney to Adapt A Wrinkle in Time: First Trailer Here

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A Wrinkle in Time is a true American classic and always gets lots and lots of mentions when we’re asking you for your favourite books. The novel, the first in a quintet by Madeleine L’Engle was almost never published, refused many times in the early 1960s because it dealt with difficult themes, because it had a female protagonist, and because publishers couldn’t really define it as either a children’s book, or an adult one. However, it seems the publishers were wrong because it’s a much loved classic today, never out of print and already the subject of a television movie. Read More