Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Year of the Runaways

Well we're almost at the end of the year, and I've finally managed to finish off this year's Man Booker Challenge! It's not that I've been putting this one off, it's just there was an inexplicably long waiting list for it at the library so I've only just got hold of it in order to … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Year of the Runaways

Chris Nickson Exclusive Short Story – Jingling James 1887

Many of our regular readers know that LBC has a pet author -  Chris Nickson - who is a wonderful friend, conversationalist and story teller. For the last few years, he has kindly provided us with a special Christmas treat - a short story. This years offering features Annabelle Atkinson - instantly recognisable to fans of his Inspector … Continue reading Chris Nickson Exclusive Short Story – Jingling James 1887

Christmas Read-a-Long – Greenshaw’s Folly

THE ADVENTURES OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING AGATHA CHRISTIE There are six short stories featuring two of Agatha Christie's most beloved detectives - Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The plan is that we shall read one a week in the build up to Christmas BLURB Raymond West's niece is invited by an elderly recluse to help compile … Continue reading Christmas Read-a-Long – Greenshaw’s Folly

INTERVIEW with Minicine

Recently I headed down to the beautiful Armley Mills Industrial Museum to have a  natter with the fabulously funny Minicine team - Woody and Abi. As regular readers will know, I'm a long time supporter of Minicine, but only recently attended one of their screenings (check out my review for Westwood HERE and Wayne's World HERE), who are … Continue reading INTERVIEW with Minicine

Christmas Read-a-Long – The Dream

THE ADVENTURES OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING AGATHA CHRISTIE There are six short stories featuring two of Agatha Christie's most beloved detectives - Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The plan is that we shall read one a week in the build up to Christmas BLURB Hercule Poirot is slightly reluctant to answer a letter demanding his services … Continue reading Christmas Read-a-Long – The Dream

The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi O Henry   One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such … Continue reading The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry

Christmas Read-a-Long – Four and Twenty Blackbirds

THE ADVENTURES OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING AGATHA CHRISTIE There are six short stories featuring two of Agatha Christie's most beloved detectives - Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The plan is that we shall read one a week in the build up to Christmas BLURB Hercule Poirot is about to tuck into a very traditional English supper … Continue reading Christmas Read-a-Long – Four and Twenty Blackbirds

REVIEW – The Night Before Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Carol doesn’t feel very Christmassy. What’s all the fuss about? Trees, tinsel, baubles, pudding, presents…? What a lot of nonsense. Definitely not for her. That is until the night before Christmas when Elf 30046, all stripey tights and pointy ears, falls down her chimney and they both tumble into a bigger adventure than they could … Continue reading REVIEW – The Night Before Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Christmas Read-a-Long –

THE ADVENTURES OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING AGATHA CHRISTIE There are six short stories featuring two of Agatha Christie's most beloved detectives - Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The plan is that we shall read one a week in the build up to Christmas BLURB ‘One looks for humanity in these matters’ Pretty Lily Margrave, smart little … Continue reading Christmas Read-a-Long –

Musical interlude – George Ezra