Ian Stanley
Ian Stanley is a man living in a flat and filling it with novels. He has performed poetry live, enjoys obscure indie music and tries to run as much as he writes to defer the onset of a beer belly. He is waiting for the right time to open the exciting and mysterious bottle of liquid his friend brought back from Taiwan.

Entries by Ian Stanley

Can Russell Brand Have the Effect of the Beatniks and the Angry Young Men on Society?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (18:45)

With his recent appearances on Newsnight and the Million Mask March, Russell Brand is starting conversations, publicising the disillusionment of a nation and bringing people together, much like the beatnik and British New Wave movements of the 50s and 60s. And just like Brand...

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#NationalPoetryDayUK Shows Twitter Is All the Better for Poets

(1) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (16:53)

Amongst the celebrities, brands, bands, news feeds and hormonal teenagers driven temporarily insane on Twitter there is a lesser known, but growing, group of tweeters giving me massive amusement and helping make the Twittersphere (I've made that up) a better place. And the success of #NationalPoetryDayUK in early October showed...

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How to Get a Range of Emotions From Nothing at All

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (15:46)

I used to think that a silent recording, or invisible art was a bit of pretentious pap that mostly left people "apoplectic with rage" as The Independent put it. But last week I came across a book by Sheridan Simove and it changed my thinking. It was funny,...

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Why 'Grown Up' Books Make Great Children's Stories

(3) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (01:00)

If there's one thing to learn from the success of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, it's that children should never be underestimated. Especially when choosing a book for them. The challenge's Creepy House theme with its unpatronisingly complex and 'grown up' book list, has seen nearly 250,000 stories...

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Obsessed with Mad Men and Game of Thrones? Is the UK Ready for Bolano

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (13:21)

Today's major TV shows are stuffed with the rich plots and tangential characters that Chilean novelist, Roberto Bolano excelled at - and we're running out of new episodes of those shows to watch and re-runs to overuse. Ten years after Roberto Bolano's death instead of delving back into the Game...

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