Five years of filling gaps

Gap Filler is an organisation that seems to embody the potential inherent in a city rebuilding itself - innovative, creative and brave. Out of rubble-strewn vacant land they have created a series of bustling hubs of activity. A fridge that you can borrow books from, a set of bleachers on wheels, a bike-powered cinema, a public…
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Recent necrology, November 2015

Some well-known people who have died recently Stephen Birmingham, 1930-2015 American author known for his social histories of wealthy American families John Russell Brown, 1923-2015 Shakespearean scholar who was also a director, straddling the worlds of academe and the theatre Robert Craft, 1923-2015 Conductor and musicologist who chronicled his years as Stravinsky’s devoted adviser Christopher…
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“For Later” lately (5)

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list, Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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Inclusion matters

We all think we know what it means to have different capacities than everyone else to do everyday tasks... but do we really understand? Ask yourself who you see when you think of somebody who has an impairment, a disability, someone who is differently abled? Do you see a wheelchair, a crutch, a cane? Somebody…
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Happy Holiday Reads!

This year I'm choosing Happy Holiday Reads with jaunty yellow and orange covers. It's as good a starting place as any. The kind of book that, when you pick it up, screams out: Sun, Barbies, Vitamin D, Cherries and Margaritas! Just looking at these books is going to put the spring in your step that…
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If you like… Star Wars

Less than two weeks to go until Star Wars Day at Central Library Peterborough and then The Force Awakens hits our screens! If you're super excited and want something to stop the gap until showtime, how about picking up one of the many books in the Star Wars franchise? I know culturally we tend to look…
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A Blessed life

British actor Brian Blessed is a force of nature. Everything about him is big, robust, and gung-ho. He's a boys' own adventure wrapped in facial hair. His autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, is everything you would expect from such a singular creature - full of ripping yarns, scrapes, scraps, and quite a lot of swearing. Oh yes, the…
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