I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

SPOILERS AHEAD! Lois Duncan was a household name if your house was home to kids with library memberships in the 70s and 80s. Her books for young people were Young Adult before the genre became mainstreamed. Looked down on, these books were known back then as Juvenile Fiction. Not that Lois Duncan ever wrote fiction… Continue reading I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

Do you feel the need for tweed?

There we were, laughing and chatting, when suddenly we realised we weren't alone. This isn't unusual in a public building, in our case the local library. I'd been put on a shift with Andrea and we were enjoying ourselves. I'd always found it easy to chat with Andrea, whose sense of silliness matched my own.… Continue reading Do you feel the need for tweed?

Kylie In The ’90s

There are two types of Kylie Minogue song. The type that work and the type that don’t. Being talented as she is, Kylie definitely has more in the former category rather than the latter. Really, an argument could be made that Kylie is the greatest indie popstar ever to work an independent label. Stock Aitken… Continue reading Kylie In The ’90s

Bright Like Neon Love by Cut Copy

The second best album of 2004 was also the least likely to succeed. It's essentially a lo-fi electronic pop record that sounds like it came from a geek's bedroom. It's simple, effective, but most of all...affecting. Songs of aching hearts and thwarted love sit snugly alongside each other. This is a Cut Copy that isn't… Continue reading Bright Like Neon Love by Cut Copy

Edinburgh International Kirkland

I've been asked to step in for Laura Ruby who couldn't make it to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year. It's nice of them to ask me because a) North of Porter was released in late 2015 so I wasn't eligible to appear this year and b) they could have asked anyone but they… Continue reading Edinburgh International Kirkland