New Moomin museum opens in Finland

Tove Jansson never took her family of fairytale characters too seriously, but they now have their own museum in Tampere, attracting Moomins fans from around the world

The retreats where famous authors found inspiration – in pictures

Former president Barack Obama is to journey to the South Pacific island of Tetiaroa, once owned by Marlon Brando, to write his memoir. Here’s a look at where other famous authors found the inspiration to write

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: no aliens would interact with a culture this stupid

Corey Taylor is the frontman of Slipknot and Stone Sour – but he is also a writer. His third book, You’re Making Me Hate You, a cantankerous critique of pop culture, is out this month, and here is an excerpt [Warning: includes strong language]

Carrot and Stick Festival – Wimborne Minster

An excerpt from this book – 40 Humourous British Traditions The carrot and stick approach has been defined as combining a promised reward with a threatened penalty although other people believe that the phrase should read “carrot on a stick,” which is purely an incentive with no implied threat. Both phrases have been incorporated intoContinue reading “Carrot and Stick Festival – Wimborne Minster”

Quiz on TS Eliot

One of the 20th century’s most influential poets, Eliot died 50 years ago this month. He often wrote of the fragility of memory, but much do you recall about his work?