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New York 2140 – Kim Stanley Robinson 

Kim Stanley Robinson’s fascinating and provocative 18th novel New York 2140 is set several decades after two major climate events have raised sea levels hugely.  Coastal cities are therefore largely underwater. New York is no exception. Robinson’s characters live co-operatively … Continue reading

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Winterreise — Andrew Foster-Williams, Christopher Gould and Mariele Neudecker — The Great Hall, Lancaster University

​(Originally posted on The Lunecy Review, 20 November 2009.) The high water mark of the second flowering of German Romanticism is the work of Franz Schubert, and in particular the song cycle Winterreise. Schubert’s setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller … Continue reading

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The Museum of Shadows and Reflections – Claire Dean

(Unsettling Wonder, 2017) Fantasy almost always admits to being Fantasy, always contains that moment of recognition of being story.  Fairytales are arguably more explicit on this point than other fantasies, being dependent on familiarity for affect.   Claire Dean’s stories … Continue reading

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Albums of the year 2016 pt 2

Part 1 of the countdown of 2016 albums I liked also noted a few individual tracks and live albums.  Before I run down the top 15 there’s a couple of notable mentions that didn’t quite qualify by my arbitrary parameters. Avital … Continue reading

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Albums of the Year 2016 pt1

Well what can I say about music in 2016.  A horrible year for losses from the legends to the lesser known and local musicians but a year for me of great gigs, amazing new discoveries and some excellent albums and … Continue reading

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Leonard Cohen in 1988 at the RAH.

I remember it well, a cheap Bloomsbury hotel (and we’ll leave that line there…) It was one of those nights, made of music, chance and love that come occasionally and rarely. It’s cold tonight and the world aches for many … Continue reading

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McTavish Manor – Inés G. Labarta

(Holland House Novella 2016, 136pp, £7.99) McTavish Manor is a new Gothic novella from Lancaster based Spanish author Inés G. Labarta that takes old forms and blends in new techniques to produce fascinating & original results.  Set in the eponymous … Continue reading

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