Happy Birthday, Alice

Some children’s stories stand the test of time because they are straightforward or simple tales. Others because the characters are so easy to love. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, which celebrates its 150th anniversary tomorrow, is neither of these and yet it is a perennial favourite, reprinted and reimagined year after year. In some ways it is…
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Amy Poehler? Yes please!

Amy Poehler is one of those actresses I was vaguely aware of but to whom I’d never really paid much attention. She occasionally cropped up in movies like ‘Blades of Glory’ and Mean Girls, usually playing someone blonde and kooky. Later I associated her with Tina Fey, as her friend, and as one half of the legendary Saturday…
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Christchurch Arts Festival 2015

The Christchurch Arts Festival brings a mix of local, national and international performances to Christchurch every two years. The 2015 Festival runs from 27 August until 20 September. The festival features circus/cabaret, classical music, music, dance, theatre, comedy, and visual arts events. Festival information Visit the festival website Sign up for the festival newsletter Follow @ChchFest on…
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Outlandish kilt addiction

The things you find when trawling through the library catalogue. I was just trying to fill the hole that the conclusion of the first season of the Outlander TV series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, had left in my leisure time. I found a blog post about the source novels, and an If you like... Diana…
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Stories in a Flash

Do you have a fear of commitment or a very short attention span? Does the prospect of reading a thick novel fill you with trepidation? Are you one of the many who never finished The Luminaries? Then Flash Fiction might be just the literary genre for you. Flash Fiction, which can also be described as Short Short Stories…
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