The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2020 starts today – on-line

The Edinburgh International Book Festival starts today. Events are free and you can visit the very impressive festival web pages here – https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/ Taking place in your web browser from the 15th to the 31st August 2020. Book attendance at over 140 events – see more. Browse the very comprehensive Festival Bookshop – see more....

Streetview new? How they did it in the 1940’s…

Taken between 1939 and 1940, this is a really impressive historical, location referenced photo-archive of NYC – marking the point of emergence for a new world in the coming decades, but shaded with modernism even then. The Works Progress Administration collaborated with the New York City Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in...

The Henry Buckmaster Short Story Competition

We are proud supporters of The St. Elizabeth Hospice. You can support the Hospice and get creative with your writing talent by entering the The Henry Buckmaster Short Story Competition. Tell your story and support those who work to help others! ( We are remembering Henry too…). See https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/the-henry-buckmaster-short-story-competition/ Details of the Competition The competition...

Smithsonian Open Access – we had to sit down…

In the U.S. the Smithsonian Institution has created an Open Access resource of staggering diversity. Update July 2020: If you are interested in furniture, specifically in growing your own furniture – check out this fabulous article on the BBC web pages – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32977012 “Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the...

The Essex Book Festival 2020

Update: 5th Feb: Not long now! Check ticket availability here… Another fabulous series of literary treats available again this year. An imaginative, stirring and diverse programme of author and book occasions. 28th February to 31st March. We are looking forward to rounding out the Festival with the Golden Age of Crime Weekend, for example…Saturday 28th...

Ellen Lives On

A featured article from our current archive: Writing in The Guardian in late 2014 the author Rupert Wallis was minded to tell us that ‘…more and more not-so- young adults are reading YA fiction’ –  which he declared was no bad thing. He went on… ‘The power of YA fiction to generate an emotional resonance...

Seasonal best wishes to all our readers!

Happy Seasonal Holiday from all the consEAST team! Could you do it? Supporting St. Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK this season This year will be the 16th annual Christmas Day dip for St. Elizabeth Hospice. Brave souls can see more about this fabulously refreshing event here. Christmas Day Dip 2019  – 25th December, 8.30...

Donating this Autumn and Winter?

Here at ConsEast Towers we are already planning the new season voluntary and fund-raising support. This year we are supporting St. Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. If you are within reach of the hospice, and have time and skills to help the team deliver this great, supportive work, then the web link below is for you....

It’s never too early for a JDRF UK Christmas card!

It’s that time of year again. When we hope we are early enough to persuade you to buy your 2019 Christmas cards from JDRF. This year, as well as the usual well designed, delightful cards, you can choose a virtual gift to support JDRF. Every pound you spend helps support the work of JDRF in...

Are you a Primadonna?

Primadonna  is a festival of writing, taking place at Laffitts Hall in Suffolk. Date: August 30th, 31st and September 1st 2019. Venue: Laffitts Hall, Framsden Rd, Pettaugh, Stowmarket IP14 6DT                     ‘The Primadonna Festival is the brainchild of a group of women from publishing and entertainment,...