Friday, February 26, 2021

NEW GHOST STORY 'THE WHISTLING' - Bought By Penguin At Auction

Set on a wild Scottish island, The Whistling follows Elspeth Swansome as she takes up the post of nanny to nine-year-old Mary – who hasn’t uttered a word since the sudden death of her twin, William.

With her charge defiantly silent, Elspeth turns to the islanders – but no one will speak of what happened to William. Just as no one can explain the hypnotic lullabies heard in empty corridors. Nor the strange dolls that appear in abandoned rooms. Nor the faint whistling that comes in the night…

As winter draws in and passage to the mainland becomes impossible, Elspeth finds herself increasingly afraid. But is this island being haunted by the ghosts of the past? Or the secrets of the living?

Read the full promotional article at The Bookseller website

Sunday, January 31, 2021

NEW SKY ARTS RSL WRITERS AWARDS

The Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo is collaborating with the Royal Society of Literature to create a mentoring award scheme for emerging authors of colour as part of a £300,000 Sky Arts project.

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, commented: “In 2021, as we search for a way out of the pandemic, we are turning our attention to the cultural recovery and, in particular, the difficulties facing the next generation of young arts practitioners in a world where opportunities have drastically diminished.”

“Our new ambassador scheme is the cornerstone of this activity, and we are lucky to have five of the leading lights in their fields running bursaries which provide funding and mentoring to up-coming talent. We are looking forward to working with them all and watching some incredible new work take shape.”

Dance artist and choreographer Akram Khan, sculptor Anish Kapoor, conductor Charles Hazlewood and artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, have also been named as ambassadors and will run their own schemes.

Read the full promotional article at The Bookseller website

Monday, December 28, 2020

OFFICIAL LONDON THEATRE ONLINE ACCEPTS OUR THEATRE TOKEN GIFT CARDS

Perhaps you were lucky enough to receive one of our Official Theatre Token Gift Cards for Christmas.

To book a London Show in 2021 when most performances are to resume, now in order to avoid all those premium telephone numbers many Theatres use, its cheaper, quicker and easier, to use the new online booking service from Official London Theatre.

Regional Theatres however, in most cases are still not able to accept these Gift Cards Online, but this feature will be rolling out soon!

So with the exception of London, to book with your Theatre Token Card, please visit the Box Office in person, of the local Theatre of your choice (please check and see when it's open again). In person you will always get the best price and avoid those premium telephone numbers!

'YES I WANT TO SPEND A THEATRE TOKEN CARD'

Alternatively:

'TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO BUY A THEATRE TOKEN CARD'

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

SPOTLIGHT ON AUTHOR DUANE SIMOLKE

Gay author Duane Simolke wrote The Acorn Stories, Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, Selected Poems, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He also co-wrote The Return of Innocence and The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Three of his books received StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards, and one received an AllBooks Reviewers Choice Award.

His writing has also appeared in nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Beyond: Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Online Gay Community Magazine, The International Journal on World Peace, This Week in Texas, Gay Flash Fiction, and many other print or online outlets.

Simolke was born in New Orleans in 1965 and now lives in Lubbock, Texas. His interests include travel, scifi, books, movies, and music (mostly rock or dance). His writing reflects human diversity and he appreciates that so many other creative people now express that diversity in their work.

'MORE AT DUANE'S BLOG AND WEBSITE'

ADDITIONALLY:

'SEE THE AUTHOR'S TWITTER POSTS HERE'

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

TOKEN LINE REVEALS THE NEW FREE CHRISTMAS NATIONAL BOOK TOKEN

New Free Book Token Gift Card Design Available For Christmas 2020.

Now with 10 free gift cards for the festive season, we have more free designs than anywhere else!

Plus we will never charge you £1.99 for a card design, unlike some suppliers.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

TWITTER HAS REVEALED THE NEW NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS

New Free Book Token Gift Card Designs Now Available.

We will never charge you £1.99 for a card design, unlike some suppliers.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

ZAYN ONE DIRECTION - Part Two Zarry

Since the formation of One Direction, exactly 121 months ago today, I have followed the progress of all the boys, however I would not call myself a 'Directioner'.

I have seen various trends develop online, but the two that have particularly caught my attention and interested me the most are mainly 'Zarry' but also to a certain extent the term 'Larry'.

Both terms involve a certain boy named Harry, to those unfamiliar with all these names and acronyms, we are talking here about Harry Styles.

So you thought that this blog and my blog last month were all about Zayn Malik? Well they are, but it would not be possible to discuss Zayn, without mentioning his bromance with the others!

Wait on, I here you say, didn't I promise to 'spill the tea' on what happened in private between Zayn and Harry? Well exactly, the nitty gritty, meat and two veg, was mainly unwitnessed, so how can any of us know for sure?

However, this is what I do know:

Zayn Malik has chosen to live a 'hetrosexual life' as most guys want a child to carry on their bloodline. There are several other current male celebrities I could mention here (but I wont) that chose this route too, after experimenting with their sexuality in the past. Two of these male celebrities were both also involved with One Direction!

Zayn said that he came away from his 5 years in One Direction, without having made a single friend: 'I have always been a bit like that though, always a bit of an island. I don't like to confer with too many people'.

In the early days, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson shared a penthouse in London together and later, circa 2016, they were both (coincidentally?) involved with the same property in Calabasas/Malibu. Hence the term 'Larry' evolved. It's Harry that is the 'wild card' not Louis or Zayn. Will Harry ever settle down and have children? I doubt it very much. If he does, it will certainly only be for the sake of a bloodline.

Zayn has said of Gigi Hadid, the soon to be mother of his child next month 'She is super organised and I'm really not. It helps that she can get things together for me a little bit. I lean on her a lot'

From the Summer of 2010, I was very busy relocating my Father to live with us at a new home in East Yorkshire, which had resulted from the death of my Mother in 2008. Zayn was still seen in the neighbourhood, however when the XFactor contestants returned to film at their homes, Zayn didn't. Instead he filmed this sequence at the HMV Music Store in Bradford City Centre.

The area was deteriorating, we were all happy to be breaking our links, for 'pastures new'.

Daily content in the media about One Direction has this year been at a new peak, mainly because of their '10th Anniversary'. However 'pastures new' is going to become a recurring theme here, mark my words!

ROGER C. (DJ Roger).