Can fiction change reality?

This short video clip and accompanying transcript so aptly explain how fiction can change reality. The author suggests that Katniss in The Hunger Games could express our unease about corruption and capitalism, and that our quest for the “answer” might be found in The Hobbit. I think of all those novels I have read about…
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Recent necrology, August-September 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Dannie Abse, 1923-2014 Welsh poet Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014 American actress Frans Bruggen, 1934-2014 Dutch conductor, recorder player and baroque flautist Mary Cadogan, 1928-2014 English author who wrote on popular and children’s fiction Jan Ekier, 1913-2014 Polish pianist Christopher Hogwood, 1941-2014 English conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist Graham Joyce, 1954-2014…
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This week in Christchurch history (6 – 12 October)

9 October 1962 Christchurch Town Hall site chosen in Kilmore Street. Assisted by advice from visiting Professor Gordon Stephenson, the unanimously accepted proposal ended years of dispute over this choice. Other sites considered were the old public library site in Hereford Street and an area near Latimer Square. Another often debated site was Victoria Square…
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