Review: The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal

Pedro Mairal, born in Buenos Aires, dropped out of school at 18 and followed his passion for reading and writing. He would spend all day in the cafeteria absorbing the works of Borges, Salinger, Neruda and others. He viewed it as a way to learn the tricks and secrets of writing. He compares the skill of telling a story without giving every detail to a Picasso painting.

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Review: Here Is The Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan, an Irish author, has written eleven novels between 2012 and 2020, and is noted for her commitment to young adult writing. Her YA novel, One, published in 2015, received four awards and the German edition of her novel Moonrise received an award in 2020. Here Is The Beehive is Sarah Crossans’ first adult novel, published in 2020 by Bloomsbury and shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Award.

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Cara Rose: My music is always influenced by the highs and woes that I experience

Cara Rose, a soulful 23-year-old artist from Glasgow whose voice is like riding a wave that dips low and rises sweetly, is performing at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on the 31st August. Her lyrical wandering of life as a woman experiencing love and finding her place in uncertain times is spiced with her Glaswegian candour. By performing in venues across Glasgow and sharing her talent on platforms like Spotify and Instagram she has created a beautifully diverse fan base. This unique singer songwriter playfully dances between soul and pop with ease.

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Jess Brough: Art is within everybody

I spent some time scrolling through the Fringe of Colour website and was immediately hooked. Seeing that their team aligned with their message, which aligned with the work they share was magical. Here is a platform created by people of colour, hiring people of colour, sharing art by people of colour from Scotland and beyond. It was like finding a rare Pokémon card as a kid. I expected the same old but instead found something glittery and new.

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Review: Growing Pains by Alison McLennan and Melissa Johns

Growing Pains, by Alison McLennan and Melissa Johns, has fun illustrations reflective of a scrapbook which lends warmth to an already sweet story. This wonderful representation of a child’s mind follows Finn as he shows empathy and kindness towards a newly planted tree. With the freedom of his imagination, he cares for the tree as he would a friend. Through his questioning and kindness, he teaches himself to be brave. Finns’ ragdoll-like appearance fits in perfectly with the books patchwork style illustrations which evoke whimsical and wholesome feelings.

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