A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
Read the review

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Auto-tuning the news - how marvelous!

My blogs gone quiet ... that's because I'm writing hard - gotta turn my new novel in before Christmas! But until I get back to ya, I still hope to post a few ...

My friend Addy Farmer (author of Siddharth and Rinki) told me about this amazing new mash-up craze of auto-tuning news reports like this:

... into edgy music like this:

I am constantly astonished and thrilled by the creativity that comes out of the internet - but mashups like these underline the need to redefine copyright, intellectual property and all our conceptions of ownership to keep the creativity coming.

More good stuff - a youtube video of a guy going mental over a double rainbow ... here's the auto-tune:

Thanks Freya Townley for supplying the links!

ADD: SCBWI friend Mio Debnam sent me this one - so cool!

Here's the news report it's based on.


  1. YouTube is a no-audition-needed stage for the WORLD. I think it's amazing, too. My current favorite:
    how to be alone

  2. It's definitely a force for the good isn't it? But it's something to ponder ... that not everyone can afford to be generous with their intellectual property ... i guess it's a case of you share some you keep some.

  3. I wondered where you'd gone - blog wise. Just like you to be working hard on another novel ... I've got to take a page out of your book!


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