Saturday, 29 January 2011

A Word on Libraries

A speech made by Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, on the closing of public libraries due to public sector cuts being forced on local authorities has been pinging about the internet since its publication on False Economy on Tuesday. Pullman is the perfect spokesperson for many literary-related causes, an none more so than this one. He is articulate and I reccomend having a read through his relativly lenglthy speech as he touched on many things whoch apply to our funding of community programmes in general, not just the arts.  He also touches on the subject of the unregulated free market which has gotten the world into this mess from the Chicago School of Economics and for further information on this you could do worse that Naomi Klein's lecture The Schock Doctrine which I've pasted below. (You can also go here to dowload the mp3).

Monday, 24 January 2011

Interim post

Photo from Unhindered by Talent's flickr
 I have a whole host of exciting discussion posts, a couple of reviews and a competition brewing but no time to write them all out at the moment.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Food for thought...

For those of you who thought that the deep fried mars bar was a myth, this is a picture of the sign inside the chip shop I got my dinner from tonight in Stonehaven.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

New Writing, New Reading, New Year

My first post of 2011heralds some new writing, mostly in the form of New Writing Dundee submissions.