Today (Thursday 8th October 2015) marks the 21st birthday of National Poetry Day. Now, there a lot of these national days floating around at the moment – National Badger Day (6th October); National Higher Education Day (6th June); and even National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day (3rd January). But National Poetry Day is one to pay… More On Poetry
The current refugee crisis is devastating and almost unprecedented, with the number of refugees seeking asylum in Europe fast approaching a figure not seen since 1992, when conflict in the Balkans drove refugees to Western Europe. As this international humanitarian crisis escalates further, however, citizens across Europe are proving just how compassionate humanity can be.… More Refugees Welcome
This post was inspired by Leena Norms on YouTube – Booktuber extraordinaire. Watch her video on what constitutes a great book here. — Books are versatile little creatures that mean different things to different people. For some, they are comfort; for others, joy; and for others still they about education. Ten different people can pick… More What makes books great?
Last time on the blog, we talked about the technology of reading, and whether or not the Kindle had killed the physical book. The verdict was, thankfully, not really. But whilst technology might not have replaced our beloved paperbacks, it could be having an incredibly detrimental impact on our children. You read all the time… More Are our children going to be illiterate?
Ever since Amazon first launched its Kindle in 2007, die-hard book fanatics have been lamenting the death of the book. Gone are the days of sniffing that glorious new book smell; of queuing up for hours outside a bookstore to get your hands on a new release; of cursing your airline’s luggage restrictions for limiting… More The technology of reading
Over on Instagram I posted a picture of some book marks that I found inside a book today. Now, there’s nothing that remarkable about that as such – I mean we find book marks in books everyday – we also find photos, pressed flowers, train tickets, postcards, etc. pretty much anything that you can us to… More Found in books (revisited)
Earlier this year, Oxfam Books, Petergate, launched a loyalty card scheme, applying to fiction paperbacks purchased from the Oxfam shop on Low Petergate and entitling customers to a free paperback book for every six that they buy. Following the success of this scheme, the loyalty cards will now be rolled out across three more bookshops… More “Happiness is a Cup of Coffee and a Good Book”
In light of recent events regarding the devastating Nepal earthquake, it is necessary to highlight the emergency response played by Oxfam. Such disasters, despite any methods that may be undertaken, cannot be fully prevented. There will always be some level of damage whether it is structurally or physically; it will affect people’s lives. Therefore with… More The Nepal Earthquake and how you can help
How the history of the book is shared from owner to owner… More History of the Book
In anticipation of St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday 17th March, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate one of our favourite Irish writers, Samuel Beckett. Widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the 20th Century, Beckett was a novelist, playwright, theatre director and poet whose work fits in to what Marin Esslin… More Book of the Week: Beckett Remembering Remembering Beckett