The Loneliness of the Lockdown Runner

The Loneliness of the Lockdown Runner

During lockdown, we’ve all found inventive ways of coping with our enforced solitude. From baking bread to learning a language, we’ve all experimented with different forms of distraction, now the pubs and restaurants are closed. But one trend that seems to be growing...
On Libraries: guest post by Ross Bradshaw

On Libraries: guest post by Ross Bradshaw

This is Hawick Public Library, the library of a small, working class Scottish town, dominated through recent centuries by the knitwear industry. Though there had been private libraries in the town since 1762, the publicly-funded library service can be dated to 1878....
Black History Month Reading Picks

Black History Month Reading Picks

1. Ordinary People by Diana Evans Evans’ third novel is an intimate portrait of modern life in a big city focusing on identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging. The novel was shortlisted in this year’s Women’s Prize and is a fantastic read. 2. Fiere...
Holiday Reading: David Belbin

Holiday Reading: David Belbin

For me, as for many people, it’s been a summer of reading. I’ve not had the brain space or inclination for creative writing and preparations for next term’s online teaching have taken a toll. For the last eleven days, Sue and I were meant to be travelling around...