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09 Oct

Top 10 Spooky Bookish Gifts for Halloween - No trick - treat yourself!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

There is nothing like a good horror story on All Hallow's Eve. Enjoy these gifts inspired by some of the best beastly books.

You can view our entire spooky selection here.

1. Dracula Book Scarf  

Spend every day with The Count, wrapped up in your favourite novel with this Storiarts Book Scarf™. Terrifying and trendy. Click here.

2. Book Brooch - Handmade - The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven Edgar Allan Poe Book Brooch

Handmade book brooch crafted from rescued copies of The Raven and backed onto wood. Click here.

3. Necklace - Lightning Bolt - Frankenstein

Necklace - Lightning Bolt - Frankenstein

'Striking' necklace which will leave a powerful impression! Click here.

4. Magic Notebooks- For Young Wizards - Set of Three 

Magic Notebooks- For Young Wizards - Set of Three

Our set of three magic notebooks makes an ideal gift for Harry Potter fans or perfect for your own magical studies. Click here.

5. Mini Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Shadow

Mini Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Shadow

Stunningly ornate 'Shadow' day-at-a-time day planner for 2016. Click here.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works - Oscar Wilde - Leatherbound

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works - Oscar Wilde - Leatherbound

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception in a stunning leather bound edition, which will forever be beautiful... Click Here.

7. Vinyl Sticker - Lumos / Nox - On / Off Lightswitch Decal - Harry Potter

Vinyl Sticker - Lumos / Nox - On / Off Lightswitch Decal - Harry Potter

Conduct a little magic every time you enter a room with this fun 'lumos' / 'nox' light switch sticker. Click here.

8. Day Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Edgar Alan Poe - Tamerlane


Beautiful diary for 2016 inspired by Edgar Alan Poe, in a deep purple. Click here.

9. Book Print - I Love You with All the Moods - Dracula

ook Print - I Love You with All the Moods - Dracula

This declaration of love is printed onto an up-cycled page from Bram Stoker's classic. Makes a truly original gift for your book loving friend this Halloween. Click here.

10. Little Master Stoker - Dracula - Babylit

Baby Lit Dracula

Witty retelling of Little Master Stoker's classic gothic tale for babies (and you) in a practical board back edition. Click here!

24 Sep

10 Banned Books for Banned Book Week - Shocking!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Banned Book Week is celebrated on the final week of September and is organised by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read.

They believe that everyone should be able to decide what to read for themselves, rather than have the decision made for them.

Alice in Wonderland

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) - Lewis Carroll

Banned in China in 1931 as General Ho Chien (the censor) believed that attributing human language to animals was an insult to humans. He feared that the book would teach children to regard animals on the same level, which would be "disastrous"!

Animal Farm Banned Book

2. Animal Farm (1945) - George Orwell

Orwell Struggled to get his book published due to the criticism of the U.S.S.R. Once it was published, it was naturally banned in the U.S.S.R and other communist countries. It was also banned in United Arab Emirates schools as late as 2002 due to the talking pigs, which goes against Islamic values.

Catch 22 Banned Book

3. Catch-22 (1961) - Joseph Heller

Banned in several USA states (Strongsville Ohio, Dallas Texas and in Snoqualmie Washington) because it has several references to women as "whores"

Frankenstein banned book

4. Frankenstein (1818) - Mary Shelley

Banned in South Africa 1955 for being "obscene" or "indecent"

Green Eggs and Ham

5. Green Eggs and Ham (1960) - Dr. Seuss

Banned in the People's Republic of China in 1965 for its 'portrayal of early Marxism'. The ban was lifted after Dr. Seuss' death in 1991.

Harry Potter Boxed Set

6. Harry Potter Series (from 1997) - J K Rowling 

Banned in several schools due to it not adhering to Christian values as it contains 'cult and satanic subtext'.

Lady Chatterley's Lover banned book

7. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) - D. H. Lawrence

Temporarily banned in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia for 'violation of obscenity laws'; all bans were lifted by 1965.

Lolita banned book

8. Lolita (1955) - Vladimir Nabokov

Banned in France, United Kingdom, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada for being "obscene."

Tropic of Cancer Banned Book

9. Tropic of Cancer (1934) - Henry Miller

Banned in the U.S.A in the 1930s - 1960s for sexually explicit content and vulgarity. Also banned in South Africa until the late 1980s.

Adventures Huckleberry Finn Banned Book

10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) - Mark Twain

Banned in several libraries after publication as the book was considered too 'crude'.

14 Sep

10 Things that will remind you of school - Nostalgia

Posted by Becca Hemmings

September is always a nostalgic month for me as it always reminds me of the beginning of school. 

These 10 things are sure to remind you of your junior school days, if you are a child of the 80's! 

1. A Fresh, Clean, Exercise Book

School exercise books

This time I will make it neat all the way through. This time is will happen.

2. Berol Handwriting Pens 

Berol handwriting pens

The ink was a strange greeny blue. One day I will level up to fountain pen.

3. Collecting the Balls of ink cartridges

Cartridge ink balls

Strangely satisfying, though not without being very very strange. Why did we do this?!

4. Fun Fax! 

fun fax kid's filo fax organiser

Such a cool organiser. Do you remember adding the stickers to the calendars? My favourite add on was the Fascination Facts list, I still remember 'The strangest things ever found on the tube".

5. Hymn Books - Come and Praise

come and praise school hymn books

Always tatty. If you were lucky you would get one where the faces have been humorously graffitied.

6.  Colour Changing Pens

colour change pens

I remember the thrill of getting one of these. ALL the colours, in one pen! Sad day when the spring action died. 

7. Plastic Pack Lunch Boxes

ed the duck school lunchbox

Where you on the packed lunch table too? My favourite lunchbox had Edd the Duck on the front. Inside I would usual find marmite sandwiches, a club bar (mint) orange squash and a satsuma. 

8. Collecting Football Stickers / Stickers of Anything

football stickers premier league 95

I personally collected Animal stickers, but most of my school collected Premier League stickers. I think my brother got pretty close to completing this one.

9. The Cool Compartment Pencil Cases

compartment hard pencil cases

I really wanted one of these, felt like there were a multitude of secret compartments and gadgets (even though it was just a pencil sharper and rubber drawer) 

10. Smelly Gel Pens

smelly gel pens

The level up from the standard gel pens - these actually SMELT of their COLOURS. Pink was strawberry, blue was blueberry and yellow was lemon. Everything was right in the world.

10 Sep

Literary calendar - List of Author Birthdays & Deaths / Important Literary Dates

Posted by Becca Hemmings

This list shows author's birthdays, deaths, publication dates and important literary dates; a useful literary calendar.

It in progress, add any you can think of in the comments below!


1st January 1919 - J. D. Salinger's birthday, author of Catcher in the Rye
3rd January 1892 - J. R. R. Tolkien's birthday, author of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
4th January 1965 - T. S. Eliot's death, author of The Wast Land
8th January 1824 - Wilkie Collins's Birthday, author of Woman in White
13th January 1941 - James Joyce's birthday, author of Ulysses
14th January 1898 - Lewis Carroll's birthday, author of Alice in Wonderland
18th January 1936 - Rudyard Kipling's death, author of Jungle Book
19th January 1809 - Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, author of The Tell Tale Heart
21st January 1950 - George Orwell's death, Author of 1984 and Animal Farm
27th January 1832 - Lewis Carroll's (un-un) birthday, author of Alice in Wonderland
28th January 1813 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen was published


2nd February 1882 - James Joyce's birthday, author of Ulysses
7th February 1812 - Charles Dickens's birthday, author of A Christmas Carol
8th February 1828 - Jules Verne's birthday, author of Around the World in Eighty Days
9th February 1881 - Dostoyevsky death, author of Crime & Punishment
26th February 1802 - Victor Hugo's birthday - author of Les Misérables


2nd March 1904 - Dr. Seuss's birthday, author of Cat in the Hat
3rd March 2016 - World Book Day 2016
21st March - World Poetry Day
24th March 1905 - Jules Verne's death, author of Around the World in Eighty Days
31st March 1855 - Charlotte Bronte's death - Author of Jane Eyre


10th April - 16th April 2016 - National Library Week 2016
21st April 1816 - Charlotte Bronte's birthday, author of Jane Eyre
26th April - Shakespeare is baptised, author of Romeo & Juliet


9th May 1814 - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was published
15th May 1886 - Emily Dickinson's death
22nd May 1859 - Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, author of Sherlock Holmes 
31st May 1819 - Walt Whitman's Birthday, author of Leaves of Grass


9th June 1870 - Charles Dickens's death, author of Great Expectations
12th June 1942 - Anne Frank Gets a Diary for her birthday
16th June 1904 / yearly - Bloomsday, the life of James Joyce is celebrated and the events of his novel Ulysses are relived
29th June 1613 - The Globe Theatre burns down


2nd July 1961 - Ernest Hemingway's death, author of A Farewell to Arms
6th July 6 1962 - William Faulkner's death, author of As I lay Dying
7th July 1930 - Arthur Conan Doyle's death, creator of Sherlock Holmes
18th July 1817 - Jane Austen's death, author of Pride and Prejudice
21st July 1899 - Ernest Hemingway's birthday, author of A Farewell to Arms
28th July 1866 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday, author of Peter Rabbit
30th July 1818 - Emily Bronte's birthday, author of Wuthering Heights
31st July 1965 - J K Rowling's birthday, author of Harry Potter


6th August 1996 - A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, is published.
13th August 1946 - H. G. Wells's death, author of War of the Worlds
18th August 1948 - Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, is published

2nd September 1973 - J. R. R. Tolkien died, author of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
9th September 1828- Leo Tolstoy's birthday, author of War & Peace
13th September 1916 - Roald Dahl's birthday, author of Matilda
21st September 1947 - Stephen King's birthday, The Master of Horror
21st September 1866 - H. G. Wells's birthday, author of The War of the Worlds
23rd September 1889 - Wilkie Collin's death, author of The Woman in White
24th September 1991 - Dr. Seuss's death, creator of The Cat in the Hat
24th September 1896 - F Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, author of The Great Gatsby
25th September 1897 - William Faulkner's birthday, author of The Big Sleep
26th September 1888 - T. S. Eliot's birthday, author of The Cocktail Party


7th October 1849 - Edgar Allan Poe's death, author of The Tell Tale
16th October 1854 - Oscar Wilde's birthday, author of The Happy Prince and Other Tales
27th October 1914 - Dylan Thomas's birthday, the stormy Welsh poet
30th October 1811 - Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen was published


8th November 1847 - Bram Stoker's birthday, author of Dracula
9th November 1953 - Dylan Thomas's death, author of Under Milk Wood
11th November 1821 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's birthday, author of Crime and Punishment
13th November 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday, author of Treasure Island
20th November 1910 - Leo Tolstoy's death, author of War & Peace
22nd November 1963 - C. S. Lewis's death, creator of Narnia
23rd November 1990 - RIP Roald Dahl's death, favourite children's author
29th November 1898 - C. S. Lewis's birthday, creator of Narnia
30th November 1835 - Mark Twain's birthday, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
30th November 1900 - Oscar Wilde's death, author of The Importance of Being Earnest


December 1817 - Northanger Abbey and Persuasion by Jane Austen were published
3rd December 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson's death, author of Treasure Island
16th December 1775 - Jane Austen's birthday, author of Pride & Prejudice
19th December 1848 - Emily Bronte's death, author of Wuthering Heights
21st December 1940 - F Scott Fitzgerald's death, author of The Great Gatsby
25th December 1815 - Emma by Jane Austen was published
30th December 1865 - Rudyard Kipling's birthday, author of Jungle Book


10 Sep

Happy Birthday Colin Firth! Mr. Darcy Turns 55!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

It is Colin Firth's birthday today! He was born on 10th September 1960 in Grayshott, Hampshire, England.

He has inspired in many book adaptations but our all time favourite has got to be the BBC's 1995 Pride & Prejudice, where he played the misunderstood Mr. Darcy perfectly. 

So, Mr. Firth, allow us to tell you how ardently we admire and love you! 

Happy Birthday Mr Darcy

Other Book adaptations / Literary Themed Productions with Colin Firth

***Currently in preproduction - Bridget Jone's Baby!!***

  • A Christmas Carol (2009)
  • Dorian Grey (2009)
  • Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
  • Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • The English Patient (1996)
  • Pride & Prejudice (1995)
  • Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1994)
  • The Secret Garden (1987)