A.A. Milne: The Beloved Creator of Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne: The Beloved Creator of Winnie the Pooh

  Winnie the Pooh and his friends are some of the most beloved characters of children’s literature. Before the myriad of cartoons and animated movies, toys and theme park rides, there were children’s books with simple but moving line drawings that brought these adorable creatures to life.   These books are so influential that they completely overshadowed their creator, who has always be known by his initials and, to most people, not much else. In this article, we’ll dive in to the background of this mysterious and endeavour to separate fact from fiction. A Young Milne Alan Alexander Milne was born on the 18th January, 1882 in Kilburn, London. His father ran a local independent school, Henley House, which he...

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5 Female Poets You Should Be Reading Right Now

5 Female Poets You Should Be Reading Right Now

To the uninitiated, poetry can be dull and pretentious. It might remind you of mind-numbingly boring English classes rather than engaging reading. But poetry is a huge part of literature, and even if you’ve overlooked up to this point, it’s never too late to start reading.  If you’re stuck with where to start, read our short primer of 5 major female poets. While you might of heard or even previously read a couple of them, we hope looking at them from a fresh perspective will help you to enjoy their work. Ever more so than novels, poetry is often deeply personal to the author. So knowing a little bit of background can really bring depth and meaning to what your...

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How to Have the Best Self-Care Cozy Reading Day

How to Have the Best Self-Care Cozy Reading Day

With shorter evenings, colder temperatures and fewer fun things to do outside, our natural inclination can be to burrow deeper into our duvets on days off and watch unhealthy amounts of Netflix. Or you end up doing a handful of random chores and not really relaxing much at all. If this sounds like you, then we have the perfect formula to the book-worm’s “self-care” day! Our step-by-step guide will take right through from lazy morning to a relaxing evening.   Step 1 : Breakfast All the best days off should always start with a delicious and slow breakfast. Since the mornings are cold now in the Northern Hemisphere, we recommend something warm. If spending time in the kitchen is not...

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Do Not Live Half a Life: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran

Do Not Live Half a Life: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran

  Despite being one of the most renowned writers in the world, the life of the poet Kahlil Gibran is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Who was the real man behind some of the most captivating poetry of the early 20th century? In this article, we will explore his humble beginnings and the extraordinary events that led him to become a legendary figure in literature - the third best-selling poet of all time. Gibran was born in Bsharri, in a mountainous village in what is now modern-day Lebanon on January 6th, 1883. He was one of four children. When he was eight years old, he father was imprisoned for embezzlement, so his mother decided  to move Kahlil and his siblings to...

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Real Life Jane Austen Locations You Can Visit

Real Life Jane Austen Locations You Can Visit

  If you need inspiration for your next trip, look no further. Travel back in time to Jane Austen’s day with a visit to some of the idyllic locations featured in her novels. While things might have changed a bit since her day, many of the places that inspired her books are still there, and you can visit them! From the rolling hills of Surrey to the stunning lakes of Derbyshire, there’s a multitude of incredible and historic sites to explore from Jane Austen’s beloved books. In this article, we’ll take you on a tour of the five most iconic Austen locations that you can visit around England, and discover how the places have changed since Austen wrote her books....

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A Book-Themed Gift Guide for your Book Worm Friends and Family!

A Book-Themed Gift Guide for your Book Worm Friends and Family!

Do you have a book lover in your life? You know, that person who can't put down a book and is always on the lookout for the next great read?   With many a gift-giving holiday looming, it’s time to start planning out the presents you are going to give your loved ones. It’s not always easy to find each person the perfect gift, but if your recipient is a book-worm, you have a plethora of options!   From classic novels and cozy reading nooks idea to unique bookish accessories and gadgets, you can easily find something special that any book-lover would appreciate. We’ll give you practical tips on how to find and choose the perfect present, plus advice on...

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Becoming Unstoppable : Working With An Amazing Charity

Becoming Unstoppable : Working With An Amazing Charity

Today I’m going to interrupt my usual blog post about everything “books” to tell you about a charity that is near and dear to my heart. They are doing incredible work and I want everyone to know about them.   A DREAM FULFILLED - FAITH'S STORY from Unstoppable Foundation on Vimeo.   The Unstoppable Foundation was founded in Cynthia Kersey. Cynthia herself doesn’t define the Foundation as a charity —rather, it’s empowerment. The ultimate goal of this foundation is for young girls to get into —and stay in—education. Promoting education is hugely important to me. For a long time, I didn’t fully appreciate how lucky I was in Western world to have access to free, full-time education up until graduation....

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Literary Fashion Inspiration, From Fitzgerald to Frankenstein

Literary Fashion Inspiration, From Fitzgerald to Frankenstein

   While fashion used to be dominated by rigid trends, with styles coming "in" and going “out” within months, we now live in a fashion age where people are mixing eras and influences. So why not take some style inspiration from your favourite literature? Get inspired with our short guide, then go on your own literary fashion adventures - re-read your favourite books and watch the movie or TV adaptations. Use sites like Pinterest to create mood-boards. Scour your local thrift stores and vintage fashions apps like Depop, or buying vintage sewing patterns and try your hand at making clothes.     Little House on the Prairie - Western Prairie Style   Although it might have been set in the...

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Christina Rossetti: Britain’s Most Imaginative Poet

Christina Rossetti: Britain’s Most Imaginative Poet

  Rossetti wrote wild, romantic and imaginative poetry that leaps off the page. Whether it’s her weird and wonderful epic poem, “The Goblin Market” or her beautiful, mysterious sonnets like “Remember”.  While her poetry still looms large in anthologies and collections of British poets, her own life was quieter, more retiring, especially in comparison to her bohemian and drug-addled artist brother and his artist pals, the Pre-Raphaelites. But her own life reveals some clues as to her inspiration for her lyrical masterpieces.   Papà - Gabriele Rossetti                    Mamma - Frances Polidori   She was born in London’s Italian quarter. One of three children, Christina was the youngest child. Their father, a Dante scholar...

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The Best Movies About Writers

The Best Movies About Writers

While it is true that many authors spend their lives squirrelling away behind a desk, some have lived lives larger than the books they wrote. Whether you are obsessed with the dreamy aesthetics of bookish characters in tweeds or want to get in the heads of your favourite writers, we have the definitive list of the best films made about authors that will tick all your boxes.   Bright Star (2009)   One of the greatest poets who ever lived, John Keats life was cut short far too early at the age of 25 from tuberculosis. Jane Campion deftly paints the quiet and brief love story between the poet, played by Ben Whishaw and Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish.  ...

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