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Book Review: Folk Song in England by Steve Roud

Folk Song in England by Steve Roud Faber & Faber – 17 August 2017

Anyone who has an interest in Folk song or folklore and superstition in Britain will have more than likely stumbled upon the books of Steve Roud (if not his Roud Folk Song Index). In 2012, he, along with Julia Bishop, gave us The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, a long overdue update of the 1959 classic with the addition of lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning [ . . . ] More at: Book Review: Folk Song in England by Steve Roud | Folk Radio UK

Irvine Welsh: ‘If I don’t have sex every day, I start to go a bit weird’

Born in Edinburgh, Irvine Welsh was working for the council and studying for an MBA at Heriot-Watt University when he wrote Trainspotting. Published in 1993, the novel was a hit, and in 1996 was made into a film by Danny Boyle. A sequel is released next month, and an immersive theatre adaptation of the original book runs at The Vaults, London SE1, until 15 January. Welsh’s latest novel, The Blade Artist, was published this year. He is married for the second time and lives in Chicago.

Source: Irvine Welsh: ‘If I don’t have sex every day, I start to go a bit weird’ | Life and style | The Guardian