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Back to School Crafts - Lap Desk Makeover

Continuing my theme of back to school crafts this week, I wanted to share my recent lap desk makeover. I bought it years ago to use when I wanted to …

Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater

I’ve always wanted to try crocheting some sort of clothing piece that I could wear as I’ve previously made a lot of accessories such as cowls and …

Storm Over Bowman Lake

Leo Tolstoy: an epic Google doodle for novelist of 'astonishing scope and vigour'

Artist Roman Muradov's gallery represents the major works of the great Russian novelist on his 186th birthday<p>Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday is is being marked with a Google doodle showing the great author in cartoon form, deep in contemplation as he writes one of his masterpieces by …

Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read

Do characters speak to you when you read – or are you more affected by the author’s voice? In response to a survey investigating what hearing voices means to writers, we asked readers for their experiences. Here are some of your responses<p>Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Hearing voices is not …

Is Borges the 20th Century’s most important writer?

Jorge Luis Borges’ mysterious stories broke new ground and transformed literature forever. Everyone should read him, writes Jane Ciabattari.<p>Reading the work of Jorge Luis Borges for the first time is like discovering a new letter in the alphabet, or a new note in the musical scale. His friend and …

Literature

The Age Demanded by Ernest M. Hemingway

The age demanded that we sing<p>And cut away our tongue.<p>The age demanded that we flow<p>And hammered in the bung.<p>The age demanded that we dance<p>And jammed …

Natural History Museum

How-To: DIY Pencil Clutch

After she made this amazing ruler clutch a couple of years ago, I really didn’t think I could adore my pal Heidi from Hands Occupied more. Well, today I stand corrected, because her new DIY pencil clutch tutorial has just blown my nerdy little mind.<p>Heidi is a crafty librarian who’s definitely got …

DIY

Bumpy Stitch Scarf – Free Pattern (My Adaptation)

So, I’m pretty much in love with this stitch pattern. As soon after surgery and the post operative wound infection I was able to pick up my crochet …

Hong Kong Reflections

J.K. Rowling Features ‘Singing Sorceress’ Celestina Warbeck on Pottermore

New content featuring Celestina Warbeck is being featured on Pottermore.com.

J.D. Salinger's House for Sale (He Would Really Hate That)

If you have $679,000 handy, you can now purchase the former home of J.D. Salinger in Cornish, New Hampshire.

rainstorm

Crochet Tapestry Coin Purse

Make a colorful coin purse with a tapestry crochet technique. Step by step instructions included<p>409<p>1810

Machu Picchu

7 DIY Craft Tutorials For Pets

This tutorial round up is for crafter’s who have a furry friend. I love the suitcase bed – it is very cute. Think I could pop my toddler in it?<p>These …

Crafting

1 Old Garden Hose and 201 Zip Ties • Recyclart

Recycle an old garden hose into a beautiful garden basket or waste container. Website: A Building We Shall Go !

the World’s Fastest Pencil Case {a tutorial in 10 easy steps}

Unzip your zipper and lay one side along the top of your rectangle. The zipper teeth are facing down and the top of the zipper is aligned with the …

How-To: Sew a Pair of Boxer Shorts

Turn a favorite pair of comfy boxers into a pattern that you can use for years to come with this boxer shorts tutorial that Gia from One Perfect Day shared on Sew Mama Sew!<p>The tutorial walks you through the process of making a pair of boys’ boxers, but the same technique can be used to make an …

Sewing

Summit

50 Novels By Women Writers On Conflict, Displacement And Resilience

In 1969 Edwin Starr sang "War What is it Good For?" 46 years later his reply continues to ring true: "Absolutely Nothing." Yet wars flourish all around us as emotions flare over claims on land, on authenticity, on the "right" religion, who is legal and who should be kicked out, and who should get …

Neil Gaiman: why I'm scared of telling stories… and why I love The Moth

Telling a personal story live on stage was well outside Neil Gaiman's comfort zone. That's why he agreed to do it – and why he thinks cult storytellers The Moth are so important<p>I was given a list of things they wanted me to do at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York. Everything seemed …

How To Make Your Own Hanging Table

If you have been looking for an idea to make your own side table, but want something original and out of the box, this is just for you! I am …

Design

The best in small press: Three books to check out now

<b>Hysteric</b> <i>By Nelly Arcan, Anvil, 168 pages, $20</i><p>"A novel": the words that so often redundantly follow a book's title on its cover are far from superfluous here. Those familiar with the broad details of Quebec author Nelly Arcan's biography (a former sex worker in Montreal; instant critical and popular …

Edinburgh International Book Festival: the other half of spouses' stories

As writers' wives are spotlit at a festival event, we look for the husbands in the distinguished tradition of 'other spouse' literature<p>• Writers' wives - quiz<p>No fewer than seven writers' wives will be on stage – albeit in virtual form – at a single event on Saturday, the first day of the Edinburgh …

Map of the City Where Every Novel Takes Place

A few days ago we posted this imaginary map of a city where every movie takes place, and luckily there is a literary version too! This map doesn’t …

Literature