Sunday, 31 January 2010

Some books,some music and a sci-fi Mad Men.

Before Christmas I went on a fantastic reading weekend which I reviewed for The Guardian, run by Times journalist and Radio4 playwright Damian Barr. Damian also runs the Shoreditch House literary salon, which hosts readings by leading authors in the swanky Shoreditch House surroundings. Thursday night I went along to the first salon of 2010, where Naomi Alderman, Hephzibah Anderson and none other than Louis de Bernieres. Louis read from his new collection of stories, 'Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village' , an achingly funny depiction of eccentric British personalities. Next salon at Shoreditch House will see David Mitchell premiering his new book on March 24th, whilst Damian will also be running a boutique Salon at Aubin & Wills on Westbourne Grove with Jessica Fellowes and Niven Govinden on Feb 18th.

Another literary salon held at my favourite member's club, Black's is in the process of compiling its second Book Club Boutique newspaper, and is looking for contributors; poems, short stories, illustrations, photos- anything bookish.Send them to Rachel at by 1st March.You can see the first issue here.

More opportunities to contribute are swimming around- is art nouveau your thing? and fashion? Then send your stuff to Cheap magazine!

And if fashion is more your thing, then send your ideas into Miss Kiki Salon whose next collection of silk scarves is going to be inspired by none other than my good friend Gabby Young- if you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know her well!Here are the details, get involved!

Make room in your diaries for:

Goddess Time.
The Goddess Guide II by Gisele Scanlon is coming out on the 4th February- I couldn't be more excited about this!Gisele's books are amazing; its like chatting to a friend who knows all the best places to shop, all the best recipes, how to decorate your house, what to wear if you've got big boobs- you name it, Gisele will be able to point you in the right direction. The books are also like little works of art, covered in velvet flock print and full of Gisele's own charming sketches.The ultimate bedside table book. You can see more on the new publication on Annabel's brilliant blog here. Her Sunday Servings really cheer me up when Monday is looming...

The Penguin Decades series is onto the 1970s, choosing "Five seminal novels from each decade from the 1950s to 1980s inclusive, with cover artwork by high-profile artists and designers." Books they've chosen include Angela Carter's 'The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman'
and the artist designing the covers is Zandra Rhodes- great collaboration. Out in April.

Joanna Newsom's new TRIPLE album!
Set to be released at the end of the month, I'm incredibly excited about this. If you haven't heard Joanna's other worldly voice and dreamy harp playing, then you've really been missing out. She has made some really gorgeous music videos too, check this one out.

A 'Sci-Fi Mad Men'?
If you haven't seen Battlestar Galactica,um, go watch it. Done? OK, now I know you're devastated that its over, but calm down- here comes the spin-off. And whats even better- apparently its not half bad. Caprica is the prequel to the Battlestar Galactica Humans versus Robots apocalypse, get ready for the hype here. Frackin' awesome!

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