Paul Sng: The idea for the book is really drawn from people that feel they have been misrepresented

Co-curated by Laura Dickens and Chloe Juno, the director of Dispossession and Sleaford Mod documentary, Invisible Britain, Paul Sng, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a book of forty documentary images, along with forty stories, Invisible Britain: Portraits. Focussing on those that don’t get their stories heard, who are much affected by social issues this is an interesting project from the independent film director.
Paul spoke with The Fountain about the process, the titling behind the publication and his long-term future plans to enable stories from working class backgrounds to emerge and be told.

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Review: The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan Rating 90%

Review: The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

There are some themes developing in Kirsty Logan’s work: fairy tales, the sea, and pure magic. In The Gloaming, her second novel in a catalogue that also includes two short story collections, a contemporary fairy story ebbs and flows across many maritime references, focusing on the water that gives life and takes it away. The magic comes in the form of Logan’s bewitching prose – a partly mythical setting, unique description, poetic language and a thrilling voyage.

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Review: Big Dog, Little Dog by Elodie Jarret Rating 90%

Review: Big Dog, Little Dog by Elodie Jarret

This charming lift-the-flap book, not to be confused with the 1973 P.D. Eastman book of the same name, is a new title from French-Swedish illustrator Elodie Jarret, known by the pseudonym Élo. As well as illustration, Élo is also a soft furnishing designer and art director, among other things. It therefore seems fitting that this book, published by Walker Books’ Studio imprint, should be so stylish and clever in its delivery.

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Review: Gail Honeyman and Sarah Winman, Aye Write 2018 Rating 87%

Review: Gail Honeyman and Sarah Winman, Aye Write 2018

Two acclaimed word of mouth bestsellers, Sarah Winman and Gail Honeyman, took to the stage of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall to discuss the pressures that comes with this success, reading extracts from their most recently published. Sarah, a former actress, who had great success with When God Was a Rabbit several years back and Gail, who recently won the Costa Award for her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, addressed a packed out venue, who were highly engaged with the regaling and insight into writing.

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Review: The Comforters by Muriel Spark Rating 72%

Review: The Comforters by Muriel Spark

Marking a centenary of Muriel Spark, one hundred years of her birth, Polygon published all twenty-two of her novels in a stunning centenary hardback edition. This includes The Comforters, which was her debut novel, first published in 1957 by Macmillan, but in this instance has an introduction by Allan Massie. There are a whole host of events and exhibitions that surrounds the centenary of one of the Twentieth Century’s great Scottish writers but these republished novels are particularly special.

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Review: In The Pines by Erik Kriek Rating 83%

Review: In The Pines by Erik Kriek

Five sinister murder ballads are the source of inspiration for this collection of graphic stories, penned by Dutch illustrator, Erik Kriek. In The Pines, itself the title to a song by The Louvin Brothers, is a collection of well-researched and explored deathly tales, that drag us to the source of many Americana roots songs, providing more of an English offering, as that’s where the roots of the murder ballad lies. Kriek’s style is dark, yet illustrious, spine tingling and intriguing, and it’s easy to find yourself reading this in one sitting, alluring with it’s tales of tragedy, death and illicit affairs.

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Review: Major Minor Music Club Rating 67%

Review: Major Minor Music Club

This new venture is described as a “unique opportunity to take the next generation to their first gig. Musical nourishment for tiny ear holes” and yet I stumbled on in to the surprise that we were the only ones there without children. I should’ve at least looked at the small print and realised that this one is for small people. Anyhow, on this Sunday afternoon we soon realised what we had let ourselves in for at Glasgow’s renowned haunt, SWG3. A great line-up, and certainly one for adult ears was forthcoming so we stuck about and indulged in the performances, however non-appropriate for the young folks.

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Review: Neu! Reekie!’s February Fling Rating 65%

Review: Neu! Reekie!’s February Fling

Neu! Reekie! at the St Andrews Church in Leith was a versatile evening mixing poetry, film and music. Although Neu! Reekie! is an established evening, as a newbie to the Reekie! experience I really did not know what to expect and was bemused at arriving to catch the middle section of a popular animated film.

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Review: Surprising Birds by Elodie Jarret Rating 87%

Review: Surprising Birds by Elodie Jarret

From Walker Studio, an imprint of Walker Books, publishers of Trees and the beautifully illustrated Animals, comes Surprising Birds. The creation of French-Swedish designer, Elodie Jarret, who also designed Big Dog, Little Dog, this ‘lift-the flap’ and learn book is intended to teach colours to children between the ages of three and seven, though arguably even younger readers will quite happily giggle and point their way through to the very end. Chunky, sturdy, square and pleasing to hold, every thick cardboard double page opens out to reveal a boldly colourful and peculiar bird that kids will wish could leap out from the pages and come to life.

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