Siarlot Lloyd

Writer’s Block: Debunking The Myths and Ways to Get a Healthy Writing Process

Writer’s Block: Debunking The Myths and Ways to Get a Healthy Writing Process

Writer’s Block. Two words to strike terror into even the most dedicated of creatives. And yet it’s universal. At some point or another, every one of us has stared at a page in frustration, as their well of ideas has run dry. Yes, it is sometimes used as an excuse – after all, it’s so […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

Atlas Theatre Company: Go down the rabbit hole with a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland

Atlas Theatre Company: Go down the rabbit hole with a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland

University of Sunderland drama group, Atlas Theatre Company, is performing ALICE, a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Written by the company’s founder, the play features a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Performances are Friday December 9 at 7:30 and Saturday December 10 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Click here for tickets.

 Siarlot Lloyd

Atlas Theatre Company: Go down the rabbit hole with a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland

Atlas Theatre Company, a University-based drama group is putting on a performance of ALICE, a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Written by the company’s founder Holly Kneller, the play features a twist on Lewis Carroll’s well-known characters, as well as his poetry. Perfomances will be on Friday December 9 at 7:30 and Saturday December 10 […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

Sex, Love and Robots at the Being Human Festival

With the return of Humans to Channel 4 and new programme Westworld on Sky Atlantic, whether they’re called synths or hosts, androids and artificial humans are pretty big in pop culture right now. Even in Fallout 4, Bethesda’s continuation of the post-apocalyptic RPG franchise, artificial humans played a key part of the storyline. All of […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

New Disney film set to follow in Frozen’s footsteps as Moana hits the big screen

New Disney film set to follow in Frozen’s footsteps as Moana hits the big screen

Disney’s latest feature film is set to release on the 2nd of December and it looks to be a worthy successor to Frozen. Featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for his smash hit musical Hamilton, Moana stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the titular Moana. The film follows the story of […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

NaNoWriMo: My experiences with “the fun, seat of your pants approach to creative writing”.

NaNoWriMo: My experiences with “the fun, seat of your pants approach to creative writing”.

Even though I describe myself as a writer, procrastinator is probably a more accurate descriptor. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started a story, only to either be distracted by another idea 6000 words in, or become so bogged down in ideas for different ways the story could go that it never gets written. Then I gave NaNoWriMo a try.

Even though I describe myself as a writer, procrastinator is probably a more accurate descriptor. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started a story, only to either be distracted by another idea 6000 words in, or become so bogged down in ideas for different ways the story could go that it never […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

The rise of Geek Culture in the North East

The rise of Geek Culture in the North East

In the last few years, Geek Culture has become almost fashionable. With the rise of the superhero movie - at least two in the top 20 UK Box Office Charts since 2014, and the ever growing popularity of video and board games it seems that, at least for the moment, 'Geek' is here to stay.

But what does that mean for the North East? The region is hardly synonymous with so-called Geek Culture. But in the last few years, has this small patch of the Industrial North sown the seeds for a thriving sub-culture? According to Chris Holland, who works at the Newcastle Travelling Man comic book shop: “There has […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

King Con Moves To Sunderland

King Con Moves To Sunderland

King Con comic convention returns to the North East on October 23, in an all new location, the Stadium of Light. Originally started in Durham in 2014 by Dark Matter Cafe, King Con follows in the footsteps of SunnyCon, another North East convention, in moving to a new city to expand. The convention is set to […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

King Con makes a move to Sunderland after outgrowing its original Durham venue

King Con makes a move to Sunderland after outgrowing its original Durham venue

The North East has recently been experiencing a nerd culture renaissance.

While SunnyCon (an anime convention) may have helped to get the ball rolling in 2012, there is now a thriving subculture of nerdery across the Tyne and Wear region. From board game cafes to escape rooms, the current craze for superhero films and Pokémon has helped create business for Newcastle Film and Comic in March […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

Kubo And The Two Strings

Kubo And The Two Strings

Kubo And Two Strings is the story of a boy (the titular Kubo) questing to find a legendary suit of armour. It features an A-list supporting voice cast (Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes) as well as Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark, Game of Thrones) as Kubo. The fourth feature film by Laika studios (Coraline, Paranorman) […]