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    Original music for The Moors

    May 16, 2015 Latest News

    It was such a pleasant surprise when talented composer Elliott Daniels​ wrote a piece of music for our book, The Moors​.

    We especially love the segment between 2:09 – 4:24. Listen to the track on our new SoundCloud page, and if any other composers feel inspired enough to send us their tunes based on Pen Works Media productions, please feel free!

    All music files should be sent to submissions@penworksmedia.co.uk.

    In the meantime, enjoy!

    Note: Elliot’s other work can be …

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    The Student Scoop

    May 16, 2015 Latest News

    In 2012, as a continuation of The Emerging Light Series, Jody Medland and Michael Pengelly launched an online lifestyle magazine, titled The Student Scoop.

    The purpose of the site is to create a platform that continued to give new writers a chance to get published, which they can do by submitting original articles, interviews, inspirational stories – just about anything that displays their talents.

    “We’re really passionate about giving new writers an opportunity to come through and …

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  • No Man’s Land

    May 11, 2015 Films

    Note: The interview contains a handful of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it already, give No Man’s Land a watch before reading any further.

    How did the idea for No Man’s Land come about?
    Patricia Doyle, who is a very well established theatre director, had the beginnings of an idea for a silent film set in Germany. As I had assisted her on her first short film in 2011, she approached me and asked if I …

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  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    As somebody who is not the greatest fan of non-fiction books, I took a little persuading before I got involved in Kate Summerscale’s meaty account of an infamous murder that took place in Wiltshire many moons ago. In fact, it was only because a fellow industry peer continued to recommend it that I finally gave in.

    In 1860, a young child was murdered in a stately home belonging to the hugely wealthy Kent family and subsequently …

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  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    Desmond Christy from The Guardian once famously offered £500 to anyone that could guess the solution to the crime set out in Gaston Leroux’s The Mystery of the Yellow Room. It was a safe bet, because quite simply, it’s impossible.

    For me, this is the major flaw that has always prevented me from becoming a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes franchise. The moment that a mystery becomes impossible to solve, you become a passive reader, …

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  • The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    When a close friend of mine stepped forward and handed me a copy of The Psychopath Test, I felt compelled to ask what make them think of me after reading it.

    ‘Everything about it reminded me of you. You’ll love it!’ she insisted, maneuvering my fingers until they held the small possession that radiated such excitement from her eyes.

    Upon examining the jacket more closely, I saw it was written by Jon Ronson and sighed in great …

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  • The Silver Linings Playbook

    The Silver Linings Playbook

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    First person narratives, in my view, lend themselves perfectly to comedy because it gives us direct insight into the lead character’s decision making process. In this case, our hero is Pat Solatano – an innately sweet guy with the ability to explode. In fairness, he only gets angry when the circumstances are justified, but since his subsequent placement in “the bad place,” fairness is no longer something he can take for granted.

    Behind every great story …

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  • Tuesdays with Morrie

    Tuesdays with Morrie

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    I first fell in love with Mitch Albom when I read his breakthrough non-fiction book, Tuesdays with Morrie, where he did such an incredible job of relaying the humour and heartbreak of the last few days spent with his dying high school lecturer, Morrie Schwartz. The book really struck a chord with me because of the close relationship I had with my English teacher, who I had not seen for a number of years, and …

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  • Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    People always seem fascinated when comedy actors take on a serious role. Suddenly, a whole wave of people fall silent before turning to their friends in the cinema and whispering in dismay: “He can act!”

    Quite frankly, it amazes me that people such as Will Ferrell (Stranger than Fiction), Steve Carell (Dan in Real Life), Jim Carey (The Truman Show), Adam Sandler (Punch-Drunk Love) and more recently, Ben Stiller, were ever labelled as anything other than …

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  • The Words

    The Words

    May 9, 2015 Reviews

    When I saw this 2012 film pop up on Netflix I wondered how I hadn’t heard of it. For me, Bradley Cooper is one of the smartest actors around at the moment when it comes to the film decisions he’s making and Zoe Saldana is somebody I find every bit as engaging as she is beautiful. Add to that the inclusion of Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid then you’ve got yourself one hell of a cast.

    I …

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