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Representing Homelessness July 18th 2019

Three back to back interviews with media-makers Paul Atherton and Sabine Hellman followed by Professor Susan Phillips and facilitated by Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk on the first day of the British Academy Representing Homelessness conference at the University of Lincoln.

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Apollo 11, Courtney Cannon, Native Voices and the 2019 San Diego Comic Con

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Newark Book Festival 2019 Launch event

In which Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk encounter Sara Bullimore. Town Crier Steve, Lauren Wood, Zuska the greatest showgirl, the Robin Hood Theatre Company and Quids for Kids at the opening launch of the Newark Book Festival #Newarkbf

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Romantic writing, William Coles, Kimberly Stuart, Paul Zollo and Ezekial Bone

Emma Street, Fergus Jeffs and Alex Lewczuk launch the programme with William Coles before heading to Des Moines Iowa to discuss the awesome work of Kimberly Stuart after which Zoe Jameson reports from a mystery train station, Paul Zollo provides more music updates from Los Angeles, Robin Pierce critiques the programme from Wales , Ade […]

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SPOILER Episode 38: “Wonder” by R J Palacio

Written by on 4th December 2017

SPOILER Episode 38: “Wonder” by R J Palacio

 
 
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“There should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives”

This week the Spoiler team are feeling inspired as we read R.J. Palacio’s children’s novel ‘Wonder’. Paul predicts that Andy, given his favourite film is ‘Dumbo’, will enjoy this (for the record, Paul’s favourite film is ‘Paddington’) and its themes of kindness make Rachael a shoo-in but Paul teases the group by managing to spin out his opinion for as long as possible. Still, all the misdirection in the world can’t ultimately hide the fact that everyone loved this book and tears flow freely as Paul deliberately skirts the issue of Daisy the dog’s passing, Andy recounts a childhood experience of prejudice and Rachael remembers her relationship with her own grandmother. Rachael illustrates the difference between bullying and a gentle ribbing by making fun of Paul’s strange pronunciation of the word ‘Mobile’, while Andy wonders if the novel could have found a place for the voice of school bully Julian. On the subject of voices, Paul struggles with his usual routine of listening to the audio book when he finds the impersonation of a child’s voice unlistenable but fortunately the YouTube channel ‘Mrs. Powers Loves to Read’ comes to his rescue. And the team get to the bottom of the mystery of the strange man who has been seen around Lincoln punching the air and crying at birch trees.

Elsewhere, Rachael decries the modern phenomenon of replacing book covers with images from their movie adaptations, a dubious honour bestowed upon ‘Wonder’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’.

This week’s scale: A respectful abstention

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