This week marks the 20th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s critically-lauded 1996 novel Infinite Jest, a satirical exploration into hyper-consumerism and addiction in near-future dystopian North America. It was a follow-up to his highly-praised debut The Broom of the System.
by Hannah Cook
We are often reminded that we live in a digital age. A free app on a smartphone can direct us to the best restaurants, dating websites to meet potential life partners, on-demand streaming services give us instant access to an entire television series at the click of a button – even one-touch coffee machines make better flat whites than a high-street barista. But whilst it’s hard to imagine a world without these comforts, they come to reveal just how binary we now are with the internet.
This coming Monday marks the 180th birthday of one of North America’s most celebrated writers and satirists, Mark Twain, born in 1835. Credited with being “the father of American literature” more “Mark Twain: 5 facts about one of America’s most revered writers”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an enduring classic which has captivated both young and old audiences for several decades. In fact, this November marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved fiction; so to celebrate this notable occasion, we present 5 things you probably didn’t know about both the book and its author:
To commemorate Remembrance Day, we’ve put together a list of texts ranging from war poetry to real-world accounts from British soldiers on tour. No matter how you want to best observe this important time of year, there’s something here to appeal to everyone more “Non-fiction and fiction list for Remembrance Day”
Many classic and well-known films have originated from books. Goodfellas, for one, is based on Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi, a non-fiction account of the life of real-world mobster Henry Hill. Even Die Hard – arguably one of the most “Hollywood” films to ever grace the silver screen – was largely birthed from Roderick Thorp’s thriller Nothing Lasts Forever. more “Top 5 Classic Horror Films You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Based on Books!”
This Bath Children’s Literature Festival talk was all about how brilliant children’s writing is. For those of you who didn’t know that, it’s a fact. Editor Danny Hahn hosted and was joined by authors David Almond (the man who has won pretty much everything), Sally Gardner and Pushkin Press publisher Adam Freudenheim.
Our primary intention when designing TECbook was for it to be easy to use for both teaching and learning. For us, ease-of-use is crucial. If you present someone with a complex product that has far too many features and options, it can be quite daunting. We wanted to make sure getting a student started didn’t require an I.T. department to intervene, or students to pre-register in any way. more “Introducing TECbook: Our approach to creating an eBook platform for education”
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this panel at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2015: a discussion with three writers who have all come out of the Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People course. I worried it was just going to be a plug for the course. It was, but only because the three authors were so inspiring that if they’d had a sign up sheet outside I think everyone would have run out shouting “shut up and take my money!” In the end, though, this talk on writers’ creative journey was very good.
For Dyslexia Awareness Week, Education Umbrella’s in-house graphic designer explains her process for creating an eBook format that dyslexic readers can use as well as non-dyslexic readers.