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Love is in the air as spring arrives

Book review: Love is in the air as spring arrives

Sail away into a new season of reading as a raft of romantic sagas aims to set hearts aflutter.

Terry Pratchett

Ten top Terry Pratchett books

This week’s top ten is a tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld and author of more than 70 books, who died on March 12.

Writer Carole Coates.

Lancaster writer is main speaker at Settle Sessions

Settle in for a session with outstanding northern poets and writers.

Sweet sounds of the summer on their way

Beat-herder Festival has announced its second wave of artists - adding to an already eclectic line-up celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups

Book review: Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups by Kjartan Poskitt

Does adding up let you down? Do you suffer from maths anxiety? Well, here’s a book you can count on.

Olly Murs who will unveil his waxwork in Blackpool on Monday

Olly in town to unveil waxwork

Fans of singer Olly Murs can get a glimpse of the star when he visits Blackpool on Monday to unveil his waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds.

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Portrait of pioneering American hip hop group The Sugar Hill Gang, from left, Guy 'Master Gee' O'Brian, Henry 'Big Bank' Jackson, and Michael 'Wonder Mike' Wright, New York, 1980. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Sugarhill Gang, Nightmares on Wax and Mistajam on Beat-herder line up

Beat-herder Festival has announced its second wave of artists - adding to an already eclectic line-up celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

The Crow Mandala

Battle for the best of the bands

It’s crunch time for Morecambe four piece Philip James Turner and the Crow Mandala who will perform in the finals of the Reidy’s Exposure Battle of the Bands competition tonight, Thursday, in Blackburn.

Three Dimensional Tanx

Space blues and psychedelia at first Tanx show

Lancaster/Manchester-based psychedelic-garage-rockers Three Dimensional Tanx play their first local show of the year this weekend at The Yorkshire House.

Luke Paget, Jamie Walker and Oli Kane

New line-up, new album, new Feud

The long awaited debut album from Lancaster electro-rock trio The Feud is due for release later this year.

Hold onto your bonnets, its Easter at Little Tiger Press

Book review: Hold onto your bonnets, it’s Easter at Little Tiger Press

Little Tiger Press are rolling out an egg-citing selection of new books as the Easter holidays get ready to spring into action.

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Book review: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

As the BBC’s lavish new production of Poldark wins the hearts and headlines of a nation, why not top up all that drama by reading the original novels?

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Book review: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

WHEN an eight-year-old girl goes missing, the bonds between a mother and her daughter will be tested almost beyond endurance.

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

Book review: Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

When the deposed nine-day English queen Lady Jane Grey was executed at the Tower of London in 1554, she left behind two younger sisters to face a lifetime under the shadow of treason.

Anne Anderson, author of Mum's Gone AWOL.

Stressed-out Mum escapes to sun kissed isle for me time

I’m not sure if Anne 
Anderson’s two sons have noticed but Mum’s Gone AWOL.

Anne Anderson, author of Mum's Gone AWOL.

Birthday wasn’t milestone but was one of best ever

I’ve always been a huge fan of birthdays, so in the run up to my approaching 114th (as seen on my Facebook wall), I’d like to tell you about one very special birthday I had in Barletta.

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After Im Gone by Laura Lippman

Book review: After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman

Prize-winning US author Laura Lippman is back on a familiar beat in Baltimore… but this time without her long-serving, gutsy private investigator Tess Monaghan pulling the strings.

Jay Diggins

Jamming Neil Young songs brought musicians together

Two professional musicians join forces for “something a bit special” at a gig at The Grand in Lancaster this weekend.

The Lovely Eggs

Psychedelic Eggs and magic onions

The Lovely Eggs have headed out on tour again, with a new album and single out soon.

The Producers UK Tour 2015 - Jason Manford as Leo Bloom, centre

REVIEW: The Producers, Palace Theatre, Manchester

You know there is something special afoot when a theatre audience is as chock-full of celebrities as the stage in front of you.

Robert J. Watson

Pair pen plot to end monarchy

Fear grips Lancaster as a group of extreme activists holds the city to ransom.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

shortlist lancashire children’s book of the year

Now in its 29th year, the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year award is one of the few where young people choose both the shortlist and the eventual winner. Here is this year’s shortlist

The Accident

Book review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

After 15 years in the New York publishing industry, Chris Pavone knows better than most what makes a good book…

Oliver Twist will be the 2015 Dukes outdoor production in Wiliamson Park, Lancaster.

Writer to adapt tale for outdoor performance

In 1837, the very year when the Lancaster Guardian was founded, Charles Dickens introduced Oliver Twist to the world.

Janet Reeves, author of Silence Unlocked.

Wife of ex-Morecambe vicar writes book about family secret

A former vicar’s wife is praying Silence will prove golden with her first novel.

LONDON - FEBRUARY 01:  Joan Armatrading poses with a guitar at the Born To Rock Exhibition at Harrods on February 1, 2007 in London, England. Guitars worth tens of millions of pounds were delivered by armoured security to the store and make up part of the Born To Rock Exhibition.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Standing the test of time

Three times Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is stopping off at The Grand in Lancaster this summer as part of a UK tour.

An innovative exhibition of work will go on display in Morecambe library.

Sense and memory come together for exhibition

An artistic collaboration between Lancaster University students and Galloway’s Society for the Blind has created an innovative exhibition of work with the theme ‘Sense and Memory’.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Dave Spikey.

Comedians’ favourite books

With Comic Relief on Friday March 13, we asked five top comedians to tell us about their top books of all time.

Get out and about in Lancashire with Bob Clare's new book.

Explore Lancashire on foot with new walking book

Grab your walking boots to take advantage of a new updated guide book to striding out in our county.

Philip James Turner and The Crow Mandala on stage at Reidys Exposure

Morecambe band through to competition final

Philip James Turner and the Crow Mandala impressed music industry judges at a Battle of the Bands competition in Blackburn this week.

Paul Giovanni Rea and Ash Howell at Kendal Calling in 2009.

DJs take a trip down musical memory lane for fundraiser

A charity event in Lancaster will have a nineties and noughties music theme with some of the district’s best loved DJs on the line up.

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Book review: Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

The enigma that is America has rarely been so exquisitely and brutally depicted than in Smith Henderson’s stunning debut novel.

Agent of Rome: The Black Stone by Nick Brown

Book review: Agent of Rome: The Black Stone by Nick Brown

When you are an officer spy in the service of a Roman emperor, every mission you undertake is dangerous…

David Walliams' Mr Stink is a great tale

Chart: Ten top children’s favourites

This week’s chart celebrates World Book Day on Thursday March 5 by looking at 10 all-time favourite children’s stories.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

EMF

Unbelievable line-up for the ‘North West’s smallest festival’

Glasson Dock presents its sixth mini music festival next month with an eclectic line up of musicians including one former pop star.

The Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone

Book review: The Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone

Meet Martha… she’s a rookie reporter and within minutes of starting work, a caller puts a bullet through his head while he’s on the phone.

Chris Park with his book, To Love and Serve The Lord: The story of St Thomas Lancaster, 1841-2010.

Book charts history of Lancaster church

A new book about a Lancaster church reveals how in the 1800s wealth determined where people sat in church. Here author Chris Park who took early retirement from Lancaster University to free up more time for writing, talks about his new book – To Love and Serve The Lord: The Story of St Thomas’ Church, Lancaster, 1841-210 – and his writing career.

Beautiful birds, wild shapes and big ideas with Flying Eye Books

Book review: Beautiful birds, wild shapes and big ideas with Flying Eye Books

When it comes to children’s books, Flying Eye Books have their sights set firmly on visual beauty and top-class storytelling.

Author Ian Rankin

Ten top Scottish crime series

This week’s top 10 takes a look at popular Scottish crime, some of which is known as Tartan Noir – a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers which has its roots in Scottish literature but borrows elements from elsewhere.

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