Official Trailer for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Released

By March 16, 2017News, Television, Video

It’s almost a year since it was announced that nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was to be made into a movie. Oprah Winfrey was soon announced as star and producer and production started back in September. And now, we have the first trailer, and a release date for the movie and it looks like it’s going to be fantastic!

The movie is based on the 2010 nonfiction works by American author Rebecca Skloot. The book looks at the immortal ‘HeLa’ cell line that came from Henrietta Lacks cervical cancer in 1951 and tackles ethical issues of race and class in medical research.

The movie is set to air on 22nd April so if you haven’t yet read the book there is still time to do so. Here’s that first trailer:

Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who was the progenitor of the HeLa cell line, one of the most important findings in medical research ever discovered. However, Lacks wasn’t aware that she was the donor of these cells, taken from a cancerous tumour on her cervix at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 1951.

It would take until the late 1990s and long after Lacks death until she would receive any recognition for the contribution to science and her story would be fully known.

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

By | Authors, Reading Excerpts, Video | No Comments
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

By | News, Video | No Comments
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

By | Bookshops, Video | No Comments
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)

By | Poetry, Video | No Comments
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

By | News, Poetry, Video | No Comments
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.

Read More



Leave a Reply