On the discovery of Shaun Tan in a cyberspace sinkhole

In which I recount hitting a new level of procrastination, feel bewildered by Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, and do a bit of squealing.

You know those really long internet searches where one thing leads to another and another and before you know it three hours have slipped by? I fell into one of those cyberspace sinkholes one thundery Thursday (aptly enough) a few weeks back when I really should have been busy packing up all my stuff from uni. But instead of emerging from that sinkhole with only a spinning head and a sense of guilt and mild panic at the amount of time spent staring at arrays of pixels, I also surfaced with an excited determination to go out and buy The Bird King and other sketches by Shaun Tan. Continue reading “On the discovery of Shaun Tan in a cyberspace sinkhole”

Five books to read if you’re new to graphic novels

If you’ve never ventured into the world of graphic novels before, it can be a little intimidating to know where to begin. Many people mistakenly believe that all graphic novels are full of superheroes but they are in fact as varied as prose fiction in style and subject matter. There are graphic novels out there for everyone! These five are all brilliant reads and, whether you already love graphic novels or you’ve never picked one up, I hope one or more of these will tickle your fancy. Continue reading “Five books to read if you’re new to graphic novels”

All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld

I first came across this book when I was writing an article for The UoB Linguist Magazine about the lack of translated literature in the UK (you can read the article here if you are interested, although reading back over it now I think I may have been a little harsh on the mainstream UK publishing industry. If you have another point of view, I’d love to hear it! Feel free to comment here or on the article itself.) On the basis of her second novel All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld was one of 13 authors to be awarded the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature, which gives funding to up-and-coming writers to get their books translated. Continue reading “All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld”