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Shared  by Local Poet Sue Gorange
July 11, 2022

Shared by Local Poet Sue Gorange

My Smile has gone ... The old woman said

Where has it gone? The young child asked

Into a closet, behind this mask

The Youngster watched her thoughtfully

Remembering where the smile should be

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Elephants, Unicorns and Other Ancient Beasts:
July 05, 2022

Elephants, Unicorns and Other Ancient Beasts:

So this week we’re taking on the elephant in the room and discussing the issue of keeping hard copies in a digital age. Now I know there are many advantages to going digital - digital copies are lightweight, easily transportable and take up negligible storage space when compared to hard copies (be they books, blu-rays/DVDs or CDs/LPs) so are easier to keep in high numbers in our homes, especially for those of us who live in smaller urban spaces, or share our homes with multiple friends, flatmates or family members. And don’t get me wrong, there is a certain appeal to travelling light and living in an uncluttered, airy home.

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“Shall I compare thee” – A Blog in Appreciation of Poetry
June 29, 2022

“Shall I compare thee” – A Blog in Appreciation of Poetry

This week we’re delving into one of the dustiest shelves in Dorothy Dickens, the poetry shelf. Tucked away in the rear of the store it sits there often untouched between rounds of cleaning and sorting yet contains some absolute gems. The artful poet having the capacity to capture the intensity, emotion, sorrow and excitement of the novelist, to paint landscapes and both internal and external worlds, often in only a few lines or pages. For indeed poetry, be it freshly written or as old as the hills, has a certain timelessness to it all, that despite it’s sometimes lofty reputation, makes it accessible to people across centuries, across nations and irrespective of age or class. Universality, the natural world and the human condition, synthesized into palatable portions.

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Manga
June 21, 2022

Manga

Manga, what is it? A simplified explanation of manga would be that it is the Japanese style of graphic novel but that barely scratches the surface of what it is and what makes it such a unique and special art form. Manga in its earliest form can be traced back hundreds of years to the early 1800s. Today manga is bigger than ever and districts of japan such as Akihabara and Ikebukuro are filled with manga stores and manga cafes. The art is traditionally hand-drawn, and that practice is still mostly kept alive today, which makes it truly awe-inspiring that such beautiful and complex drawings are created just to progress the story one panel at a time. Looking beyond the art we find a near-limitless number of stories that are sure to appeal to anyone’s different tastes. Manga is truly a special art form to behold and is defiantly worth the time to find a series you think you’ll enjoy.

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“Youth has no age!” (Pablo Picasso)
June 09, 2022

“Youth has no age!” (Pablo Picasso)

This week we’re exploring Young Adult Fiction and it’s many permutations. But don’t despair if you’re a little long in the tooth, you need not skip this blog. I’m here to remind and reassure you that we were all adolescents once and there is something worthwhile and relatable for everyone in this dynamic genre.

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Going Meta..books about books!
June 01, 2022

Going Meta..books about books!

This week we’re going meta and discussing books about books. Now of course there are many literary essays that address the content of specific books but what I am referring to are works of fiction and non-fiction that delve into books in their tangible, physical form, as well as their literary content.

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A Strange New World!
May 26, 2022

A Strange New World!

“Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog…”

(‘High-Rise’ by J.G Ballard)

 

“I sometimes wonder what was disappeared first - among all the things that have vanished from the island.”

(‘The Memory Police’ by Yoko Ogawa)

 

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” (‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell)

 

“Death cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime - I’m going to die today.” (‘They Both Die In The End’ by Adam Silver)

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Identity In A Modern, Multicultural World:
May 18, 2022

Identity In A Modern, Multicultural World:

This week we’re delving into young diasporic writers who attempt to capture the confusion, challenge and hilarity that can ensue from trying to navigate and straddle the two worlds of their identity - that of their current homeland and that of their ancestors and cultural traditions.

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"I Shot The Sparrow With My Bow And Arrow!"
May 10, 2022

"I Shot The Sparrow With My Bow And Arrow!"

Predator and prey, the hunter and their target. The savanna has gone but the game remains the same and crime writers the world over delight in telling the tale. Manslaughter is often a quick and messy affair, an act of passion or self-defense or a catastrophic mistake or error of judgement but murderers are usually stealthy - callous and vengeful. They watch and wait and plan ‘the perfect crime’ or ‘almost perfect crime’, let our literary detectives be the judge of how well they execute their devilish deeds.  

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“Let me tell ya ‘bout the birds and the bees…and a thing called love!”
May 06, 2022

“Let me tell ya ‘bout the birds and the bees…and a thing called love!”

“That’s a mighty fine cock you got there boy!” and so starts Lucy Lennox’s fiery romance ‘Wildefire’. Now like me, you’re probably thinking wow, these romance novels don’t muck about but it turns out Seth Walker (the small town of Hobie’s newly-appointed Sheriff) was referring to poultry not the throbbing member of his first love Otis Wilde (a now tattoo and muscle-bound Fireman). 

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Nightmare Maker
April 28, 2022

Nightmare Maker

Killer cars, malevolent clowns, cannibalism, vampires, telekinetic prom queens, nuclear fallout zones, strange shops filled with enticing items you’d be willing to sin for, mysterious mist, invisible domes, long walks down dangerous roads, dead bodies, more dead bodies and an awful lot of things that go bump in the night.

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“I’ve already seen the movie!”
April 22, 2022

“I’ve already seen the movie!”

“I’ve already seen the movie!” one might proclaim. It may be true but have you seen the story from the perspective of it’s original creator (the author or screenwriter), or from the perspective of your own imagination, those vivid internal landscapes we create when we read.

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Why Start an Online Bookstore?
November 09, 2021

Why Start an Online Bookstore?

As someone who is a passionate believer in physical books from bricks-and-mortar bookstores, the question of whether to go online has always been an elephant-in-the-bookshop.

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