Tale of Tales

Gruesome, grownup fairy tales from Matteo Garonne inspired by the Italian fairy tales by Giambattista Basile. A giant flea, albino twins, a grotesque crone who seduces a king. Magical stuff.



I’m a bit late to the podcast party, but am really enjoying The New York Times’s Modern Love, based on its weekly column as well as The Moth.

Elen Lewis


London picks

In terms of what I’m loving about London this month, well, Tate’s new twisty pyramid – Switch House – tops my list. I felt like a character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, eyes popping as I descended from the scenic 10th floor to weird and wonderful surprises with every new floor. Read my blog here on my top London picks. I can’t wait to see Tate’s Georgia O’Keefe show opening July 6th, heralding the largest exhibition of the American modernist painter ever to be held outside of the United States.

And lastly, sign up for The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud, a three-day literary festival of talks by artists, curators and writers, in late September.

Elena Bowes

buy buyComic Invention

For anyone who likes words to hang out with images sometimes, there’s a last chance to catch Comic Invention at the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow.

It’s a creative and confident exploration of comic art and its origins, hopping lightly between artwork by Glaswegian Superman artist Frank Quitely, Hogarth, Picasso, Art Spiegelman (author of Maus), Turner prize winner Martin Boyce… and lots more.

The poster is an updated tribute to Roy Lichenstein’s comic-inspired ‘In the Car’ (also on show) but now the pair are hipsters and the woman drives the car.


Buy Buy Baby

My latest novel, BUY BUY BABY, is a bittersweet story of two very different women united in their desperate quest for motherhood and has been described by Helen Fitzgerald, author of Viral, as a “cracker of a read”.

Helen MacKinven





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