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Friday poem: 'A Token'

Friday poem: 'A Token'

by Frances Leviston

In the poky attic
bedroom a bit-broken
cocktail umbrella
made of blonde toothpicks
and crêpe paper
printed with bamboo
stands proud of a shut
paperback book

How is a book printed?

How is a book printed?

Our editors have worked on the manuscript with an author, it’s been proofread and fact-checked, the cover has been designed by the art department and the journalists are all lined up to review the book. But how does the book actually get printed and bound to become the beautiful object that sits on your bookshelf? We went to Mackays printers in Chatham to find out.

The life of a mobile librarian

The life of a mobile librarian

Gemma Todd has worked for public libraries for twelve years, and six of those have been at the Mobile Library Service. She works as a full-time Library Assistant/Driver in the West Midlands. 

The slogan on the side of our van reads ‘Feed the Mind, Free the Imagination’. I’ve always loved that. In other words, it means this van is a time machine. It’s a vehicle that travels to other worlds. Step on board and we can take you anywhere and everywhere you want to go! Magic happens on the mobile library.

An interview with John Banville

An interview with John Banville

John Banville is the author of Booker Prize-winning novel The SeaThe Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the same award in 1989. It tells the story of Freddie Montgomery, who stole a Dutch old-master painting from a wealthy family friend and murdered the chambermaid who caught him in the act. Narcissistic, greedy and reckless, he travels through life apparently without remorse. It's a wonderfully dark, insightful and unnerving crime novel and a lyrical exploration of an unreliable mind. Here we go into the mind of Freddie's creator...

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