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Terror and Wonder

Terror and Wonder

is an illuminating exhibit at the British Library, running till 20 Jan 2015. It stretches from the dark and satanic, through the scientific and psychological to the sociological and weird. It centres on books, glancing along the way at art, poetry, film, music and fine art.

I enjoyed the whirlwind tour, and the Jekyll/Hyde pencils

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Gothic Links

When Gothic Was Born

Torrid pot-pourri of the horrid and the horrifying on radio and TV.

12 BBC FOUR PROGRAMMES in celebration of all things Gothic, exploring the literature, architecture, music and artworks that have taken such a prominent place in British culture.

Podcasting: Invasion of the Pod People

I write for magazines in Europe and South America on travel, music and language. This, from Go! English, is a simplistic guide for newcomers to Podcasts, but you may find the links and suggestions section at the end useful. With special admiration for Helen and Olly of Answer Me This, whose BBC programme gave a great overview of the subject.

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Zones of Avoidance, by Maggie Sawkins

I enjoyed Maggie Sawkins’ Zones of Avoidance even more second time round, if ‘enjoyed’ is the right word for a show that left me sobbing.

Though Zones of Avoidance won Maggie the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for Poetry, this is no mere poetry reading. Maggie and her director Mark C. Hewitt have woven a tapestry of words and images, telling the story

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Darkness Hello & Goodbye

Day of the Dead II: Hello Darkness is an event best recalled through the lens of master clicksman Nick Ingamells.

  

http://www.nickingamellsphotography.co.uk/p918284241/slideshow

Fabulous tales to a full house audience at the atmospheric Square Tower: we had psychological dependence, reincarnation and karma, bicycle crash, killer confessionals, emotive poetry from Maggie Sawkins and wonderful songs from Radio KWG. Contributors

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Fairy Tale Launch

It’s been a fantastic Portsmouth Bookfest for me.

The launch of Life Is Amazing’s paperback collection of short stories, Portsmouth Fairy Tales [for Grown Ups], kicked off with a heartfelt speech about stories and literacy by Councillor Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. There followed a plethora of tittillating tales from the new publication, which can be found in all

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Murder at the Teatray

Murder at the Teatray

Crime Writing Workshop

A razor-sharp cake knife. Arsenic in the marzipan. A teaspoon of poison…

Portsmouth’s own crime novelists, Diana Bretherick and William Sutton, offer a two-hour workshop to help you develop your own mystery, thriller or detective writing. Get down to the nitty-gritty of plot, character and location, in Southsea’s elegant

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Vof, Meuh, Flotz [Wednesday Words]

Illustrator/lexicographical explorer, James Chapman illustrates international sounds. What do cows around the world sound like? Like this:

I’ve long been enchanted by the joys of onomatopoeia: from buzz to blam, through ululations, moos and whooshes. This joy was redoubled in my years living abroad, for example, when I heard the song Cucurrucucu:

Caetano Veloso – Cucurrucucu Paloma by

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Come and hear Portsmouth Fairy Tales [for Grown-Ups]

 [for Grown-Ups] opens @PompeyBookFest 2014 with a coruscating evening of author readings to celebrate the paperback launch of this collection of new Portsmouth stories, available for pre-order now.

    

These grumpy-looking but talented writers will be reading tales of visionary pasts, warped futures and shimmering presents from 7,30 on 23 Oct

Day of the Dead II: Hello Darkness

Macabre. Poignant. Gut-wrenching. Pungent.

DAY of the DEAD returns to the Square Tower, as Portsmouth Bookfest presents a chilling evening of new writing:

Day of the Dead II: Hello Darkness

 

Last year’s show was a sell-out success, with fifteen writers performing original stories, featuring memoirs, song, and an Elvis elegy.

This year is shaping up to be wilder

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