General book stuff, Meet the author, Out and about, Proper brew

Edinburgh Book Festival: The hospitality of storytelling

Booklovers are a friendly bunch. Whether you’re a reader, writer, publisher, editor, illustrator or librarian, storytelling is the magical tie that binds us. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I visited the festival yesterday with two ladies from the Book and Brew book club. We were awed and delighted by… Read More Edinburgh Book Festival: The hospitality of storytelling

General book stuff, Out and about, Proper brew

“We are all mad here”: 150 years of Alice

Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery currently has an Alice in Wonderland exhibition celebrating the story 150 years since it was written. I went along to take a look. The Laing Art Gallery is a beautiful place. It specialises in British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware, but is often home to some fantastic touring exhibitions. They’ve had Quentin… Read More “We are all mad here”: 150 years of Alice

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, General book stuff, Life, Proper brew

How shadowing the Baileys Prize turned me from a bookworm to a book blogger

Book and Brew was one of 12 shadow judges of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Now it’s over for 2016, I take a look back at the experience and what it meant for me. A Baileys dozen I’m pretty addicted to social media and obsessed with following publishers, prizes and authors to find… Read More How shadowing the Baileys Prize turned me from a bookworm to a book blogger

Book reviews, General book stuff, Out and about, Proper brew

Proper brew: the enduring thrill of a page turner

Visiting the Newcastle Noir festival reignited my love of thrillers and reminded me why this bastion of crime fiction remains so popular with readers the world over. *** Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to bag a ticket to the Newcastle Noir crime fiction festival. It’s been going since 2014 and brings together writers, publishers and… Read More Proper brew: the enduring thrill of a page turner