Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2012«

The Affinity Bridge – George Mann

January 26, 2012


George Mann’s first novel ‘The Affinity Bridge’ taps neatly into a number of popular themes: take steampunk and mix with a dash of zombies and sprinkle with an underlying mystery to solve whilst it’s at it and then cook for about 270 pages. Sir Maurice Newbury, advisor to the Crown, has a lot on his […]

Nexus Book Club #3: Love on the Dole – Walter Greenwood

January 23, 2012


Manchester based Nexus Arts Cafe has been running a ‘Northern’ Book Group since late in 2011 – much like a usual book club, with added tea and biscuits, their only caveat is that all their works they examine are ‘Northern’. Kicking off with ‘A Kestrel for a Knave‘, attention for the January meeting turned to Love on […]

Hot Fat – LIVE!

January 17, 2012


As part of Lassfest at award-winning Manchester pub, the Lass O’Gowrie, they have been having a tribute to the work on Jack Rosenthal in support of Myeloma UK. Last week they dramatised episodes of Coronation Street from 1968. This week, they’re tackling a long lost ‘Play for Today’ from 1974 called Hot Fat. Play for Today was a […]

A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines

January 16, 2012


Chosen as the first book for Nexus Book Group‘s “Northern” Book Group way back in December, “A Kestrel for a Knave” follows young Billy Casper at a pivotal point in his life as he prepares to leave school, but in doing so finds and rears a young kestrel.. Unlike most of the group, I found […]

I Want It Now! – Julie Dawn Cole

January 16, 2012


Julie Dawn Cole, best known for her remarkable portrayal of Veruca Salt in the 1971 film adaptation of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” opens up her scrapbook of mementos and memories on this enchanting time of her life. Although not a commercial success, the original adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book has gone on to be a […]

Corrie 1968: “The Wedding of Dennis Tanner, Part 2” – LIVE!

January 10, 2012


Picking up the morning after the night before, will Elsie be able to get Dennis to the church on time? And how will Dennis manage to be in two places at once on his wedding night? Things take a more dramatic turn in this second episode of live Corrie. In true Coronation Street fashion, there are a […]

Corrie 1968: “The Wedding of Dennis Tanner, Part 1” – LIVE!

January 9, 2012


Onto the Lass O’Gowrie for the full run of this week’s live episodes, penned by Jack Rosenthal, comprising tonight’s episode “The Wedding of Dennis Tanner, Part 1” which concludes on Tuesday before The Ogdens on Wednesday/Thursday and the omnibus of all three episodes on Sunday. It’s the day before Dennis Tanner’s wedding to Jenny Sutton and with […]