Saturday, 13 April 2013


So I've not been updating this blog too often the past couple of months. Tsk, tsk. That's because the Prestwich Book Festival  (12 May-15 June) has taken over my life once more. Yes, it's back for a second year - but this time it's bigger, badder and better. (Thanks to some funding from the Arts Council.) So I'm blogging over there from now until the end of the festival - if you'd care to follow me on that, I'd be really grateful.

Otherwise, I'll be checking back in once festivities are over.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Journey to the End of the World

Jenny writes: If like me you reckon that Preston is pretty much the end of the world, then you should get to its controversial bus station this Saturday (23rd March). The building hit the headlines last year when plans to demolish it galvanised a campaign to protect it which hit national media. A modernist jewel or a concrete monstrosity? Opinions are divided.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Cure cancer? Find a crowd

Bella writes: This weekend a charity got 40 computer developers in a room to figure out how to write a game which could help cure cancer.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Horse meet

Jenny writes: I worry that this friend of mine may have ended up in a burger. Both ponies had vanished from the pub garden last time I visited.

Friday, 8 February 2013

ReCaptcha, spam and the world of digital books (honestly)

Jenny writes: I was trying to buy tickets for the One Direction’s matinee show in Manchester through Ticketmaster, when I encountered a sentence that transported me to a new universe.