As we all start to wind down and head for well earned holidays, it’s that time of year when we can reward ourselves with some damn fine reading. To help, we’ve pulled together a selection of books that we highly recommend. Supercharge your Kindle or fill up your beach bag with books off the beaten track that will delight. There’s something here for all tastes. Click here for our recommendations.
EVENTS: Ilkley Literature Festival
We’ve three events on at this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival.
Michael Nath (with Nick Groom) talks British Story and Britishness Saturday 3 October, 4:30pm
Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski talk The Big Midweek with Dave Haslam, Saturday 3 October, 8pm
Ian Clayton talks Song For My Father, Saturday 10 October, 1:30pm
For full details and booking, visit www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
GALLERY: Ian Clayton in China, 2015
Ian Clayton has been out to China to work at the University of Changchun for two months. As well as the work, he also got a bit of time to travel around. Here are a few photos.
WATCH: Tom Hingley ‘Prodigal Son’
Tom Hingley sings ‘Prodigal Son’ at La Rosa Hotel, Whitby. Where Lewis Carroll stayed for his holidays.
ARTICLE: Train Journeys of Colombia
An extract from an article on Train Journeys of Colombia in Le Monde Diplomatique by Robin Oisín Llewellyn, which details Ramon Chao’s book The Train of Ice and Fire.
WATCH: Talk Like That – Tom Hingley on NVTV
Tom Hingley chats with Connor McKernan of Belfast’s NVTV about his memoir Carpet Burns, his career to date and performs two tracks, ‘Glory Days’ and ‘Prodigal Son’.
GIGS: Brix and The Extricated
Autumn tour dates for Brix and The Extricated
REVIEW: Tom Hingley at Belfast Book Festival
Review of Tom Hingley’s interview and gig at Belfast Book Festival 2015
LISTEN: Ian Clayton at Glossop Record Club
A podcast of Ian Clayton’s presentation of Billie Holiday’s album, Songs for Distingué Lovers, plus some rare 78s at Glossop Record Club. Read an account of the trip here.
LISTEN: WFMU Radio Fall Specials
Six hours of The Fall in US radio show extravaganza. Features chats with Steve Hanley, Marc Riley & Brix, plus choice live recordings of The Fall from 1978-1998, plus a set from a specially assembled Fall cover band.
NEW BOOK: Wisdom of Our Own
The remarkable story a group of working-class women who, empowered by the Women Against Pit Closures movement, built an award-winning community learning centre on their own doorstep.
REVIEW: The Big Midweek in the New Statesman
Totally mired: The Big Midweek reveals the dark side of The Fall. Review by Austin Collings.
REVIEW: British Story a Morning Star Book of the Year
‘An audacious, encyclopaedic tour of the often violent and always edgy relationship between the English, Welsh and Scottish nations.’
WATCH:Brix and The Extricated
Video, set list, context and review links for Brix and The Extricated debut gig at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester.
FEATURE: Backbone of The Strike
In an article written for programme of the Crucible Theatre production of Queen Coal, Dave Waddington outlines how the efforts of women in the 1984/85 miners’ strike were arguably more vital than those of their menfolk
WATCH: British Story Tour: Lincoln Video
Michael Nath reads from British Story on tour in Lincoln
REVIEW: Los Angeles Review of Books
Simon Lee’s considered and lengthy review of The Big Midweek for the Los Angeles Review of Books.