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…...

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...

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,...

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...

Disturbing the Beast – revisited

Update: 30th September 2018… Congratulations to the Boudicca Press team for hitting their Kickstarter target with a whole week to go! Brilliant. We recently featured the work of Boudicca Press, in promoting new writing for women and in their current process of coagulating new pieces...

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2018

Exhibition Dates: 12th to 14th October at Swavesey Village College Call for entries Open Tuesday 12th June 2018 – see below for details: # Updated: July 12th, 2018  – ”We had a very fast sign up to this year’s exhibition in October and the exhibition...

Once Upon A Festival – Suffolk Libraries

We love libraries!         In 1851 J.W.Hudson, speaking at the opening of the Mechanic’ and Apprentices’ Library in Liverpool, opined that a visit to the library would, for the reader, lead to them ‘…receiving cultivation, not in reading the latest accounts of...

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2018

It has been a hectic quarter in the run up to the end of an already busy 2017. At SmithMartin Towers we are working hard to get back to our regular publication rythm for ConversationsEast in the New Year. You can discover what we have...

Making new friends in Europe?

European Week of Regions & Cities Brussels 9-12th October 2017 A wide ranging sequence of workshops and event in Brussels, that will attract academics, poiticians and business organisations. We think there are elemental workshops that those of us, working in the social economy, will find...

Bologna, books and biglietti

            “We hopped on the bus near the Ospedale Maggiore di Bologna, having purchased our biglietti for Euro 1.50, and found we could ride the autobus, through the medieval cobbled streets of the city, in any direction for ninety minutes”....