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Welcome – update.

So it’s time for an update, The Focus Project is undertaking a new realm: it’s accepting new and glorious submissions! As of October we are are undertaking a new project- a project you can feel free to get fully involved within! The Focus Project is made up of artists, people who can manipulate and interpret …

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Those cheeky Edwardians eh?

I’m not usually a die hard fan of period dramas, or at least the kind of period drama we find endlessly appealing in this country, the kind with bonnets, gas lit lamps and horse drawn carriages. Its not because of the types of stories you see in these classical period dramas, which, after all, have …

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Murakami for the win

If I’m honest, anyone taking a cursory glance over my weekly posts for this site can probably, and immediately, come to several quick, and, if we’re still caught up on that honesty, largely accurate assumptions. There’s the shallow water analysis, the blatant bent towards whatever book happens to take my fancy, my adorably fuzzy slightly-behind-the-times….ness, …

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Embassytown

 Any discussion of the most original and unique authors working the beat at the moment would have to include British fantasy and science fiction author, China Mieville, who, right now, is arguably at the peak of his career with his much acclaimed, and Hugo nominated Embassytown. It also happens to be the book I’m currently …

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TUBE OF DOOM!

As a man with many hats and never wanting to stop creating I’m part of multiple collaborations, the main of which is Tube of Doom! Tube of doom is a collaborative comedy channel on YouTube made up of myself and cohort Matt Brodigan. We bring a selection of comedic shorts created initially to make ourselves …

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The nominations are…..continued

Glancing over the remaining half dozen books of the Man Booker longlist I was immediately caught by the brief, tantalising description of one in particular, Sam Thompson’s Communion Town. What struck me most about this book was its apparent similarity in structure to David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. I don’t really know how deserving, or fair, that …

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The Brotherhood

You may recall reading a few weeks back I went to have a look at this years Blackpool and the Fylde’s photography graduate exhibition Infectious (featured here), showing you a small sampling of what was on offer. Aside from Lynn Browns‘ Landscape of Grief what really caught my eye was Liam Priors‘ work The Brotherhood; an exploration of the Freemason’s …

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The nominations are……

Though the announcement first broke a solid few weeks ago I thought, for this week’s blog post, I better finally get around to writing up about this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist nominations. Given the twelve titles of the longlist I also thought I’d split the books over two posts, with the rest to come …

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On personal shortcomings and ignorance

Another week, another literary obituary. This time, sadly, the obituary goes towards two writers who both died last week. The first was Irish author Maeve Binchy, who has been described as one of the most popular and broadly read Irish novelists. The other loss was renowned American writer Gore Vidal, who died last Tuesday. Beyond …

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Book Review – Concert and Live Music Photography – Pro tips from the pit.

Concert photography I have to be honest has never been a passion for me, neither has so-called ‘Band photography’ Because all ‘Band photography’ is, is portraiture with a prop. Concert photography is obviously a different curve; its documentary photography, you’re thinking on your feet and you really only have a finite chance of capturing the …