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Four misconceptions about art education?

Are you interested in exploring art with your children? Are you put off because art is solely in the domain of the ‘highly talented’. The resource below will help you overcome such reserve. Indian author and educator Nisha Nair has produced a lively and thoughtful...

Adopt a Book for Christmas

The British Library have just published their Adopt a Book list for the coming Christmas holiday. This is a great way to support the British Library conservation team, and with a… …donation of £40 you can choose from a selection of your favourite titles, such...

Peace, tranquility, song and reflection in the East Anglian landscape…

We thought this was lovely. ”…in March 2020, the choirs fell silent. The Voice Project had planned to start rehearsing a new show, Arc of the Sky, inspired by the idea of a bird’s-eye view of Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, known as the Cathedral of...

Travel from the seated posture…

We thought that these two U.S based projects were delightful examples of how, using remote technology, you can explore both art and place from your armchair. They are not intended for the casual, under resourced visitor certainly, in terms of expected project outcome. However, they...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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…...

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...