National Novel Writing Month kicks off on November 1st, and if you've ever thought of writing your own novel, (or are thinking about it now!) why not get involved?
I sometimes find myself wondering why things are called what they are. Take ‘blog’ for instance. You could have a good guess that the word started out as some sort of ‘log’ or diary for something. But why the ‘b’ at the start?
When you're commuting, sometimes quietly thinking can be quite pleasant. But there are other times, on a bus, train, or intergalactic spaceship (what d'you mean that's just Sci Fi?!) - possibly surrounded by hordes of grumpy faces, occasionally squished between armpits and rucksacks, and almost certainly trying to avoid eye contact - when your journey needs that little something extra. It needs a book.
An allegorical, satirical and dystopian masterwork was published 70 years ago last month — The one, the only ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.
Sometimes you just need something uplifting - whether you're working through a hard time in your life or having a down day, a book can often be just the thing. Not only a distraction taking you to another place, but also offering hope, stories have so many positive qualities for mental health.
In honour of World Mental Heath day today, we have put together a list of books which include the theme of mental health or specific mental illnesses.
As we come to the end of World Space Week, we’re going to look at the red planet and how our understanding of Mars has affected literature and sci fi.
Today is World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual awareness day to focus attention on blindness and visual impairment - and to showcase why eye health needs everyone's attention.
Thomas Hardy observed that ideas and thoughts expressed through poetry seemed to garner more acceptance and tolerance than when said in normal prose. This is just one reason of many why poetry is so important and loved throughout the world, and as tomorrow is National Poetry Day, the Listening Books team are sharing some of their favourite poems with you to get you in the mood...
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