The Moonstone: From classic novel to BBC drama

The Moonstone is a five-part BBC serial, adapted by Rachel Flowerday and Sasha Hails, who co-wrote every episode. Based on the infamous book by Willkie Collins, the serial is aimed at a younger audience as part of the BBC’s #lovetoread season, but is still a great watch for literary lovers of all ages.




Social media can be an important tool in raising political awareness

Over 1.4million people have ‘checked in’ on Facebook at Standing Rock, a Sioux Native American reservation in North Dakota, where protesters are fighting against a new oil pipeline which could contaminate the tribe’s water source. Facebook has so far been playing a key role in the protest

Men avoid teaching because it is undervalued and seen as ‘feminine’

“Following World Teachers Day, the educational charity Teach First is pushing for more men to consider a career in teaching. Teaching is currently a predominantly female area with only 26% of primary and secondary teachers being male in England. This figure is only 15% when looking at primary education alone. In fact, one in four primary schools in England have no male registered teachers.”

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An Evening With Margaret Atwood: The Kings Theatre Edinburgh

Monday 10th October; Margaret Atwood graced Edinburgh with a talk about her upcoming novel Hag-Seed which is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The novel is published as part of the Vintage Hogarth Shakespeare series with a mix of writers all rewriting Shakespeare’s plays as novels in the modern day. She chose The Tempest above all of the other plays as she believes it is the one with the most open ends – one of the most ambiguous; and claims if she couldn’t have chosen The Tempest she would not have wanted to do one at all.

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