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The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

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For Mulderrig is a place like no other. Here the colours are a little bit brighter and the sky is a little bit wider. Here the trees are as old as the mountains and a clear river runs into the sea


Jess Kidd

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Canongate’s own Jamie Byng interview’s Gil Scott-Heron in 2010. This year would have marked Gil’s 68th birthday. His posthumously published, indelible memoir The Last Holiday is now a Canon.

Sun, 26 May 10:00
River Cottage HQ, Dorset/Devon

The wonderful Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) will be appearing as part of the River Cottage Food Fair! For full details of the line-up and to order tickets, visit the fair’s website.

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The sea, as the Baron saw from the geographer's charts, was far away. But above all – he saw in his dreams – it was terrible, exaggeratedly beautiful, terribly powerful, inhuman and inmical: marvellous.

Ocean Sea

Alessandro Baricco

The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, th privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another.


David Whyte

Even when you are hanging from a tree gasping for dear life, you'll find Human Resources saying something like 'Come on. He was just joking when he strung you up. Adolf is a cool guy.'

Think Like a White Man

Dr Boulé Whytelaw III & Nels Abbey

When Aada started her new school, the pixie came too. But this school was a place, where it was hard to be true.

The Truth Pixie Goes to School

Matt Haig

He can feel the river's presence on his right. It never leaves him; it is there, always, on the edge of his consciousness. Even in sleep, it flows through his dreams, watching, waiting, coaxing his attention to something he cannot fathom.


I'm going to get to places that you've never been. All kinds of places. I'm going to see things you couldn't even dream of.


John Wray

Pity the small backs of children, he heard her saying. They carry death for us the second they are born.


We are all swimmers before the dawn of oxygen and earth.We all carry the memory of that breathable blue past.

The Chronology of Water

Lidia Yuknavitch

Maybe food really is the simplest way for people anywhere to share with each other. Eating is the one universal, daily activity that underpins human life. However much or little we think about it, food is a force – and shared its power may be amplified.


Here is everything I know about almost everything, that i think applies to almost everyone, that might help you someday.


Amsterdam – the dangerous city; I watched, I listened, I breathed. The sun bounces off the canals; the smell of herrings, of whatever people throw into them, and of rats.

Rembrandt's Whore

Sylvie Matton

Shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end p with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.


The beach is gray at dawn. He points to the barrel of his G3 when he says this, steel gray, he says. He smiles.

The Boat

Nam Le

The reason Evie was special is that she had an Ability. The Ability had a capital A because it was a very important ability. She could communicate with animals.

Evie and the Animals

Matt Haig