Finding ways to entertain ourselves is never hard is it – especially not with the fantastic Friday afternoon quizzes, bingo, calls for video contributions and a cupboard full of snacks (or alcohol!). We thought it might be fun to share some of what we’ve all been doing so welcome to Watch, Listen, Read!
Each week one AIEA member will be invited to share a recommendation in each category. Hopefully you will find something in here that you’ll want to try. If you try it and don’t like it: no refunds!
This week’s recommendations come from Sabine Edwards at Pendleton Events. Do let us know what you think!
WATCH: Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime)
I loved this series – so much so that I ended up binge watching until 3am to find out what happened next! My family hate watching this kind of thing with me as I can usually guess the what happens next quite frequently – not with this one! It had us guessing and gasping in shock pretty much every episode.
Little Fires Everywhere follows “the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” Reece Witherspoon and Kerry Washington really are outstanding.
LISTEN: 99% Invisible (podcast series)
There are so many excellent audio books I could recommend and if you have the time to invest do try Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders. If however you’re looking for a daily shot of interesting information, conversation and discussion do tune in to 99% Invisible.
“99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about— the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” It’s also topical and I really enjoyed the ‘Return of Onate’s Foot’ episode.
READ: Life After Life (Kate Atkinson) AND Noughts + Crosses (Malorie Blackman)
I’m a self confessed bookwork. Asking me to recommend just one book is like asking me to choose just one gin! I’ve managed to restrict it to two here but if anyone needs a recommendation or a reading list just let me know!
First up – Life After Life by the wonderful Kate Atkinson. I’ll read anything Kate Atkinson writes and as one of the programmers at Cambridge Literary Festival I will do whatever it takes to have Kate come for a live event!
Life After Life is quite simply wonderful – a great big confidence trick that invites the reader to take part in the deception. The story starts over and over again as we traverse the life and times of Ursula Todd. Each beginning takes a different course, utterly unpredictable but at times inevitable. The language is beautiful and as ever late Atkinson is a wordsmith extraordinaire.
As the Children’s Programmer at CLF I obviously had to include, not actually a children’s book but a middle grade/young adult title which has been brilliantly adapted by the BBC in the recent TV series. As with all adaptations the book is a thousand times better! (but if you don’t want to read it then I guess the series is a solid second place option!)
I read these Malorie Blackman books years ago and it’s been brilliant to revisit them now with my son. The books are set in a dystopian London with a divide between the black elite and white underclass and follows an interracial couple trying to manage their relationship. It lends itself to some really interesting conversations especially in light of world events at the moment.