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Poetry Launch: Life Lines 2

Last night, amongst the hustle and bustle of London's Tottenham Court Road and Soho, the launch of Life Lines 2…

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The Man Booker 2007: Anne Enright’s The Gathering

As Anne Enright said in an interview shortly after winning the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering, 'The…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Getting in the way

I must confess, I have been away from Cheltenham for a couple of days - things to do in Liverpool…

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Get into Reading Footsoldier Dies and Goes to Heaven

Mary Weston manages the Merseycare Reads Project, teaches in Continuing Education, works as a counsellor, runs open house for asylum…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Mistaken Identity

Sitting down with my lunch (it’s not all cake) in the Writers’ Room, I was asked “So, have you done…

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BBC Radio Merseyside Event: Liverpool Black Pioneers

Ray Costello, the author of the new book on the Liverpool black community, Liverpool Black Pioneers, published by Bluecoat Press,…

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Norman Nicholson Festival

News has reached The Reader of another literary festival in October. It seems unlikely that the Danish pastries and power…

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‘Time swims before me’

Eleven months ago I began working on a Get Into Reading project at a local care home for elderly people…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: The Otherness of Helen Mirren

Not unfamiliar to a regal presence, yesterday Cheltenham played host to one of Britain's most admired leading female actors, Dame…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: The Saga of the Broken Glass and the Missing Rucksack

My day at the festival started with a walk across Cheltenham's Imperial Square in the quiet sunshine of an autumnal…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Shakespeare

Yesterday, my day at the festival was bridged by two events that could not have provided two more different insights…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival: Reports from The Writers’ Room

So what's it like in the Writers' Room on the first Saturday of the festival? In a word, busy. I…

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