Rebecca Eves’ picks of the latest books, DVDs, music and television to enjoy at home
It may be a children’s book but there are probably a few adults in the world today who could do with a reminder of John Lennon’s philosophy for peace and tolerance. Illustrated by Jean Jullien, with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon, this reimagining of the song follows a
lowly pigeon as she seeks to unite the world. Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to Amnesty International.
FESTIVAL: CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE
Featuring 17 new commissions spanning the diverse range of poetry in the UK, Contains Strong Language is the country’s biggest festival devoted to new poetical work, hosted by the BBC and Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Coverage on BBC TV and radio includes Stand Up Poets – capturing performance highlights from Hull – and Men Who Sleep in Cars – a film in verse starring Maxine Peake.
September 28-October 1
ALBUM: NATIVE INVADER
Described as an ‘intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain’, Native Invader was due to be inspired by Tori Amos’s road trip in 2016 through North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, where she aimed to reconnect with her mother’s family. The consequences of the US election and of a severe stroke suffered by her mother resulted in much darker themes than Amos originally intended.
Out September 8
FILM: WONDER WOMAN
The first DC (or Marvel) film to be directed by a woman, Wonder Woman had Patty Jenkins at its helm. The director of 2003’s Monster took the opportunity to create a box office success that was also a hit with the critics. Gal Gadot plays the Amazonian princess who leaves her island paradise when an American pilot crashes on its shores, bringing news of a worldwide conflict.
Out October 9
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