Author Archives: Laura Brewis

5 Things… To Look Forward to on Tyneside in 2015

Written by: Hannah Whitehead 2015 is set to be a pretty exciting year in terms of music, theatre and other local events in the North East…. and particularly on Tyneside.

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REVIEW: It’s the End of the World as We Know It by Saci Lloyd

Hodder Children’s Books Out now More information on the author’s website Review by: Antonia Velikova Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: a surefire way to get me to read a book is for it to be Douglas Adams-esque in any … Continue reading

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RETRO ALBUM REVIEW: RTZ – ‘Return to Zero’

Released 1991 Giant Records More information on the All Music page for the album Review by: William Brown When it comes to the band Boston, there seems to be an unwritten rule in that genre that, if you play in … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Pathfinder (TodHunter Moon: Book One) by Angie Sage

Katherine Tegen Books Out Now More information on the official Pathfinder website Review by: Andrew Hartley I think I’ll preface this review by telling you that I used to read the Septimus Heap series – to which this is a … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley

Bloomsbury Out Now More information on the Bloomsbury Publishing website Review By: Jowita Krasik The Last of the Spirits is a reinvention of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It appears to be set in a parallel world to that created by … Continue reading

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Top Five… Video Games of 2014

Written by: Sophie Baines There were a lot of great games in 2014 and with the gaming industry going from strength to strength, it’s really no surprise. Here are my Top 5 games of the year…

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REVIEW: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke-Davis

Orion Childrens Out Now More information on the Map to Everywhere website Review by: Minahil Mujahid At first, The Map To Everywhere sounds like so many other adventure novels we’ve all read. The ‘pirates-and-adventure-across-the-seas’ theme is not one that is … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Theatre Royal, Newcastle A National Theatre production Runs until Saturday 7th February Review by: Lexy Powell Arriving in the auditorium of the Theatre Royal, your eyes are immediately drawn towards the unusual gridded staging. As the play begins, the lights … Continue reading

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Top Five… Films of 2014

Written by: Sophie Baines Films are annually one of the biggest industries and everyone always has their own favourites by the end of the year. Here are five of my own, from blockbuster comic book adaptations to special effects-filled portrayals of … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Team Me – ‘Blind as Night’

Out Now Sony Music Entertainment More information on the Team Me website Review by: Helena Davidson Norwegian five-piece Team Me’s second album Blind as Night really is quite something. Their explosive sound is characterized by the strong, assured vocals and … Continue reading

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REVIEW/AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David Fickling Books Out Now More information on the David Fickling Books website Review by: Francesca Moody The Art Of Being Normal is a new book by Lisa Williamson that tackles the issue of gender-identification. It follows two characters: David, a … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Funeral For A Friend – ‘Chapter and Verse’

Out Now Distiller Records More information is available on the band’s website Review By: Tasha Peto After having Chapter and Verse on repeat for the last week, it’s safe to say that some of the songs have stuck in my … Continue reading

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REVIEW: First Aid Kit @ Newcastle City Hall

Newcastle Tuesday 20th January More info on First Aid Kit at their official website REVIEW BY: MATILDA NEILL First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk-duo, composed of two young sisters, and last Tuesday was their debut performance in Newcastle, as … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Woman in Black @ Darlington Civic Theatre

Darlington Civic Theatre Runs until Saturday 24th January Review by Francesca Moody The Woman In Black is not your regular play. Or even your regular thriller play. Many parts of it are not at all what you would expect in … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Les Misérables @ Queen’s Theatre, London

Directed by Claude-Michel Schonberg Review by: Jowita Krasik Les Mis has to be one of my favourite musicals of all time. I have watched the film, read the book (by Victor Hugo) and have now had the pleasure of seeing … Continue reading

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REVIEW: One Man Two Guvnors @ Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire Runs until Saturday 24th January Review by Luke Davis Based on the comedy by Carlo Goldoni, The Servant Of Two Masters, One Man Two Guvnors follows Francis Henshall, a man whose primary motivation in life is food, and … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’

Out Monday 26th January Hot Fruit Records More information on Gaz Coombes’ website Review by: Jack Blenkinsopp Ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes’ second solo album, Matador, is refreshing because it avoids the obvious traps into which solo albums by British ’90s … Continue reading

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Reasons to Love…. Helsinki

Written By: Eve Knowlson Sitting on the edge of the Baltic Sea is the modern, cosmopolitan city of Helsinki, Finland. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements and contemporary trends. Walking tours of the city centre … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Phantom Band – ‘Fears Trending’

Out January 26th Chemikal Underground More information on the Phantom Band website Review by: Sophie Ward I am pretty happy that I didn’t have to wait another four years for The Phantom Band to rear back into the music scene; … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Rivers Wanted by Rachel Piercey

The Emma Press Ltd Out Now More information on the Emma Press website. Review by: Rosa Garland Rachel Piercey’s Rivers Wanted is a collection of whimsical yet sharply relevant poems that simultaneously harness the essence of navigating life’s twists and … Continue reading

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