Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time indeed: much has changed over the centuries since this folk tale first appeared in the early 1500s and it has been through several evolutions: from Perrault’s classic retelling in 1697, to Angela Carter’s feminist-angled iteration ?The Tiger’s Bride in 1979, and to the slightly-modernised Disney film in 2017.

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Books Take Readers Down Roads Untrodden Before

Last month saw the Scottish Book Trust hold their Spotlight On Writing reception at the Scottish Parliament, an event which celebrated the success of the Scottish Book Trust’s writing programmes, campaigns and awards. The event was sponsored by MSP Joan McAlpine who gave an introductory speech highlighting the achievements of the Scottish Book Trust, and reminding us that “books take readers down roads untrodden before.”

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