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.
His two autobiographies Stalin Ate My Homework (2010) and Thatcher Stole My Trousers (2016) are a wonderful mix of random hilarity, and cynical irreverence, described by Alexei Sayle as a “satirical memoir”.
Below is a video of Alexei discussing, and reading excerpts of, his second autobiography with comedian Stewart Lee. Be warned- there is some strong language.
Alexei Sayle and Stewart Lee Talk About ‘Thatcher Stole My Trousers’.
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Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.
The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.
Jerry is best known for his literature written for teenagers and young adults, and has been lauded for his poetic and compassionate stories. He was awarded a Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee.
Yeats used symbolism in his poetry, choosing and assembling words to give them meaning while suggesting significant abstract thought. His highly passionate poetry has inspired many fellow poets, writers, and creatives, including the lead singer of 20th century band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, who sadly passed away in January 2018. O’Riordan, a life-long Yeats fan, wrote Yeats’ Grave after she visited the place where he was buried.
O’Riordan was born and grew up in County Limerick, Ireland, and studied W.B. Yeats when she was at school. Speaking to Hot Press Magazine in 1994, Dolores expressed how her love for Yeats’ poetry felt at odds with the exam process, and vigorous analysis of the poetry.
Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.
The latest trailer has been released and it looks darkly atmospheric but producer and writer, Bruce Miller, has remained quiet about what is in store for us. It is clear however, that while the story will deal with elements of the original novel, we will enter uncharted territory this season, with Margaret Atwood involved as a consultant.