Monthly Archives: October 2016
Our freedom of…
Laying waste to even
The earth we walk on
If we each plant a seed
Tend to it
Show others its importance
To our health and happiness
Dance to its beat
And our own inner tune
Telling us we’re British
Take that giant leap
I was asked to review The Mystery of the Man with the Black Beard by Gillian Cross, a book aimed at 8-12 year olds and you can hear my review in the video below. Because this was my first video review I didn’t quite feel brave enough to put my face on camera.
One of the excellent features of all Barrington Stoke books is their format. Tinted pages, a special font, extra spacing – all designed to help combat the challenges with reading that people with dyslexia can have. Find out more here. I also love how they are working with popular writers to create a variety of accessible and enticing stories with age-appropriate content.
You can find out more about Dyslexia and how to seek support on the British Dyslexia Association Website
For a chance to win a copy of Julia Donaldson‘s book Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door tweet @booklifesocial using the hashtag #booklifedaw2016.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 8th of October sees the return of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea. This week long festival has over 60 arts events suitable for a range of ages. On Saturday and Sunday Bournemouth Gardens will be full of colourful performances, most of which will be free to access.
With a group of budding journalists I have attended two day-long master classes learning about writing reviews (including using creative formats), interviewing, pitching ideas, and what editors want and don’t want. Huge thanks to our speakers Michelle Madsen, Daisy Bowie-Sell and Mark Fisher, and of course to Matt West for organising the days and to Medi Bernard and the team at Bournemouth Central Library for the brilliant facilities and hospitality.
Saturday, as the sun sets, Walk the Plank will be blazing a trail with the Sea of Freaks Torchlit Procession followed by Inferno, ‘a fireball spectacular’.
One of the first films I remember seeing at the cinema is The Little Mermaid. On Monday night Sixty Million Postcards are having a ‘Sing and Shoutalong’ screening. Hopefully, unlike Arial, the audience will be in fine voice.
Tuesday is documentary night at Shelley Theatre following backup singers who live ’20 Feet From Stardom’.
The final event I can attend is on Friday night at Pavillion Dance. Games with the Water Horse by Jon Adams. This is a performance installation piece which will explore ‘consciousness, life story, art forms, and neuro-diverse thinking’. I’m really intrigued about this not really having attended similar events before.
For the full festival line up check out the schedule on their website here.
And follow the events write ups by the Reportage team here.
What events are you most looking forward to?