Archive for November, 2011

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The trouble with picture books

Authors and illustrators of young children’s books have today issued a joint proclamation…

PuppetVision: The Movie

A new documentary feature-film has just been announced, PuppetVision: The Movie… “For the past several years as I’ve been filming interviews with and performances by puppeteers in different cities and different countries literally all over the world. This is all going to come together in a documentary next year called PuppetVision: The Movie that will […]

Labour’s public subsidy

New figures, just out, show that trades unions received £113 million of funding from taxpayers in 2010-11. This came via direct payments from Councils and other local authorities. These new figures from the Taxpayers Alliance don’t include paying the wages of trades union officials, cash payments which effectively give a public subsidy from Labour Councils […]

John Myers: Middle England

Opening at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery on 30th November 2011, John Myers: Middle England… “This is the first major exhibition by Midlands-based artist John Myers. Comprising black and white photographs made in the 1970s, Ikon’s selection includes Middle England (1970–1974), a number of portraits of individuals and families living in and around Stourbridge and the Black […]

BBC New Generation Thinkers 2012

BBC Radio 3 are offering the opportunity for arts and humanities researchers based at UK universities to have their research ideas broadcast to the nation… “Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten […]

Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects

The Wellcome Collection has an online gallery of magic charms and amulets that were sold on the streets of London in the 1910s and 1920s. It shows a small part of a selection of 400 items now on public show in London as Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects (until 26th February 2012). These are […]

Altered Images – new photobook

Just published, Altered Images: new visionaries in 21st century photography is a new 192-page photobook that surveys… “the boundary of real and surreal” in… “portraiture, landscape photography, digital manipulation, social realism, conceptual art, photorealism and digital photo-montage” Those interested in the background might also want to look at my history of fantastic photomontage.

Selling owt

Lovely infographic showing how many bits of music a self-publishing musician must sell each month, in order to make the U.S. minimum monthly wage ($1,160, about £700). However, read the many comments too… as it seems that some of the maths might not add up.

Potteries graduates

Nice article about Stoke-on-Trent in Guardian Money… “Graduates bring life back to the Potteries — Potteries design students, in collaboration with local industry, are reinventing a classic British brand.”

Lulu offers free USA shipping

My 2011 book Walking With Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft as psychogeographer, New York City 1924-26 is free as a PDF. If you prefer to read as a paperback, then Lulu currently have free ground shipping for the book in the USA, through 23rd Nov 2011. Just input code RUSH at the Lulu checkout. This free shipping […]

London Reimagined: an anthology of visions of the future city – now free

I’m giving away the full free version of my anthology London Reimagined: an anthology of visions of the future city (PDF link). The book is a historical anthology. It’s generally intended as a ‘taster’ for science-fiction readers who think they might possibly be interested in the Victorian literature on the destruction of London, but who […]

Stories set in Stoke

New survey of all of the fiction that has been set in Stoke-on-Trent, in the English Midlands. Not including various fibs told by the Council and local socialists and the BNP over the years, obviously…

Book Barge in Staffs

The Book Barge, a floating bookshop in a canal narrowboat, now back in Staffordshire (Barton Marina) after a grand tour of the UK. A deliciously clean and easy-to-navigate website, which looks like it’s also optimised for ereaders and mobile devices.

‘I Am An Entrepreneur’ photo competition

“I Am An Entrepreneur” Photo Competition… “Often, the imagery associated with developing nations captures the misery that accompanies poverty. […] This competition recognizes the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of role model entrepreneurs from around the world…” Above: Indian woman dairy entrepreneur by McKay Savage. Creative Commons.

Jimmy Wales on the Free Thinking Festival

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on BBC Radio 3 (currently “Listen Again”). I thought I was going to get an in-depth lecture. But once you get past the standard PR boilerplate at the start, the meat of the lecture is the ten minutes that runs from about 12:00 minutes to the 22:30 mark. That section […]

Drawing on Spode

Drawing on Spode, a set on Flickr.

High Rise interactive

High Rise: One Millionth Tower, the interactive documentary explores the possibilites for renovating the crumbling concrete relics of municipal socialism.

Public money

The official auditor’s report into the Arts Council and c/Plex / The Public in West Bromwich is out now.

More detail on the BBC Birmingham losses

More detail on the losses at BBC Birmingham… “nearly all network TV production in the Midlands will cease, with the loss of popular television programmes such as Countryfile, Coast, Hairy Bikers, See Hear, The Sky at Night, Gardeners World, and Points of View. All factual radio production will move elsewhere, including Radio 4 programmes such […]