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Sweet dreams by Brillianthues (2013) is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Happy New Year!

The theme of this blog post is short and sweet: getting the most out of reading and learning in bite-sized chunks.

Short stories

We’ve been building our collection of books from around the world in Hillcroft LRC because we want to give a taste of reading to suit everyone and to resonate with all kinds of readers. There’s a new literary prize set up to illuminate the works of black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors. It’s really exciting to hear about more diversity in publishing. There are so many more stories that we can hear.

Have a look at the short stories on The Asian Writer website for quick hits of new perspectives and universal feelings.

Apps

On a list of the best apps to keep you on track with new year’s resolutions are two notables. One is Pocket Cast to organise and find podcasts, a great way to learn on the go and when your eyes are tired. The second app that I am keen to try out is Lrn, which promises to teach the basics of code with fun quizzes and short lessons.

First News

In the LRC we’ve subscribed to a new newspaper called FirstNews. This is the news in short, with lots of engaging pictures and graphs. If you don’t have time to read a whole article take a moment and grab First News. You can learn something on a single page.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store has lots of add-ons (extensions) to customise internet use. All of the browsers will have similar online stores. There are lots of free ways to make research more fun such as adding a kitten picture to every new tab. There’s a goal setting, note taking, procrastination busting homepage from Limitless. More health benefits also include extensions to remind you to take a break or drink water. Check out the web store and reinvent your internet experience.

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Garden at Hillcroft through the LRC windowPlans are under way at Hillcroft for celebrating achievement and diversity day 2015 on Wednesday.

There will be live music, BBQ-style food, a singalong, face-painting, henna tattoos and award-giving.

The garden is looking fantastic and all we need now is the good weather to stay. We are inviting all students from courses in the last year, their children and relatives are welcome. Please check your Hillcroft emails for the invite details.

Pop into the LRC before or after the event to return your books/DVDs in the red bin behind the door.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

"Diversity Mask" by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Diversity Mask” by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Some eye-opening statistics came out in the Writing the Future report saying that publishing companies are not at all diverse when it comes to the books they publish. Not only are there fewer books published by people from Black, Minority and Ethnic communities, but writers are being told to stick to the stereotypes. This means authors are encouraged to write characters of non-white ethnicity that are supposedly more marketable to white people.

In the LRC we have resources that reflect a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Through their writing, authors (no matter their race) shed informative, inspiring and surprising light on aspects of the world and people’s lives.

Some non-fiction that are illuminating and non-stereotypical that you might like to try:

Laughing all the way to the mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Changing my mind by Zadie Smith

We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On Fridays we also receive the print issue of The Voice newspaper focusing on British-African news. You can find this on the rack near the issue desk. If you have any suggestions about a non-stereotypical story or resource that others might benefit from reading please let us know in the comment box below.


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