Gok Wan versus Mark E Smith?

The Fallen
The Fallen

I’m a big fan of Gok Wan’s Fashion Fix on TVOne Friday nights. One of the designer wearing divas he pits his styling against each week is called Brix Smith-Start. Somewhere is the vestigial recesses of my brain I thought “hang on, wasn’t Mark E Smith of The Fall married to a Brix? Could it be her?”.  And Oh my Gok, Wikipedia comes through and indeed tis one and the same.

So read on, maybe she will star also in The fallen : Searching for the missing members of The “Fall” by Dave Simpson.

Or Gok Wan: the Biography! – both coming soon …

Gok
Gok

Our Margaret

OK, so I subscribe to too many email lists, but that is no excuse to have lost in the shuffle the fact that Margaret Mahy has won the Picture Book category of the 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards!

Bubble-Trouble is a tongue-twisting picture book that describes how Baby gets wafted away by a bubble, blown by his sister Mabel. It begs to be read aloud, although no-one can read it with more tongue-twisting-alacrity than Margaret herself. Margaret has already written two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honour Books – The Changeover in 1985  and Memory in 1988. 

In other Mahy-News, in May she was uninvited from appearing on Radio Rhema after staff decided her new non-fiction book “Awesome Aotearoa” was too “disrespectful”.

She wasn’t fazed though, saying, “I don’t feel upset by it. You just become reconciled that not everyone is going to read the text in the same way. That’s the mystery of reading.”