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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....

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...

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...

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,...

Writing: Making Your Mark

An exhibition at The British Library – Writing: Making Your Mark Fri 26 Apr – Tue 27 Aug 2019    Book your tickets here PACCAR 1, The British Library,  96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB “Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents Follow the...

Into the library vortex…

We have, with our new Libraries news-feed page, given our readers the opportunity to keep up with latest news from across the UK. We are rotating our topical feeds across University libraries, feminist collections and featuring, as we must, the go to public library resource, PLN. Library image by Jaredd Craig… Check our our Libraries...

Seasonal best wishes for 2019

  We hope our readers have enjoyed the contributions to consEast this year. We look forward to supporting the work into the New Year. Best wishes from all at SmithMartin LLP – supporting voluntary projects across our region wherever we can – at any time of year. Contact us here for editorial copy, images or...

Reflecting on glass!

We have been sinking deep into the sofa in the evenings to follow the craft, technique and skill offered to viewers in the BBC 2 broadcast The Repair Shop. As well as offering craft and artistry of the highest calibre, the programme is the perfect antidote and respite  from a stressful day at the office,...