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FROM MICK JAGGER TO KURT COBAIN: A HISTORY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST MUSICAL FESTIVALS

Words by Lois Plummer, Print Entertainment Editor for The Spark.

 

From New Order to Eminem, Reading & Leeds Festival have hosted some of the most iconic and influential musical talents of our time.

Before the festival gained its prolific status, it had sprouted from the humble grounds of Richmond, Surrey, as a jazz festival in the Summer of 1961. The National Jazz Festival, as it was affectionately coined, featured up and coming British jazz artists of the time, in a small marquee on an athletic ground.» >

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Becoming: The Book Everyone’s Talking About

Becoming by Michelle Obama

It seems strange that it's been only 2 years since the Obamas were in the White House, but then time doesn't fly when you aren't having fun. One could argue that Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, has done so well because of the nostalgia for the Obama administration post-Trump, but it's also just a really good book. 

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Margaret Atwood’s New Novel

In the last two weeks, it was announced that Atwood is writing a direct sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, titled The Testaments, due to be published next year. Little has been revealed about the follow-up’s story or characters, besides it taking place 15 years after the end of the previous novel, and that it will be narrated by three female characters.

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Could Your Shoes Be Racist?

Ballet shoes

It seems like a strange concept, right? Objects like clothing, make up and shoes shouldn't have anything to do with race, and yet, if there's anything I've learnt in my English Literature degree it has to be that a shoe is never just a shoe. 

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Are We Living In A Handmaid’s Tale?

The television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale debuted in 2017 and the timing of it's release feels like no coincidence. Audiences of the series, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, most likely found a worrying amount of parallels between the dystopian future of Gilead, the story’s setting, and the present day.

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