Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig at Northern Stage, Newcastle

For the next few days you can catch English Touring Theatre‘s latest production ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ at Newcastle’s Northern Stage before the tour continues to Manchester. The production is an adaptation of Matt Haig’s bestseller which takes a journey through the depths of his depression and out to the other side. It doesn’t sound… Read More Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Theatre Review – Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ at Northern Stage

By Ken Powell Newcastle’s Northern Stage bills this production as a comedy – and it is, gloriously so. But beware, you’ll want tissues aplenty as this adaptation of Nigel Slater’s childhood biography is a painful tearjerker. The play (written by Henry Filloux-Bennett) takes us from Slater’s memories of cooking with his mother through to his… Read More Theatre Review – Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ at Northern Stage

Book Review: Around the World in 80 Words – A Journey Through the English Language by Paul Anthony Jones

Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language by Paul Anthony Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars Continuing on with my quest to allow Dr Oliver Tearle of Interesting Literature fame to bankrupt me, this review is as a direct result of his own review of the book which you… Read More Book Review: Around the World in 80 Words – A Journey Through the English Language by Paul Anthony Jones

Book Review: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is the collected speeches of 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg. The eleven speeches date from September 2018 to April 2019. It’s an extremely short time-frame and, as you might expect, the book is short. You… Read More Book Review: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg