What To Do, See & Buy: Niki & The Dove; Mary Shelley; The Forgetting of Proper Names; Shipping Forecast; Fish, Recipes from the Sea
Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 04 February 2012
If, like us, you can't wait until spring for Niki & The Dove's first album – it's now been two years in the making – console yourself with the new single, "DJ Ease My Mind", out 26 February. Better still, catch the heavenly Swedish duo on their UK mini-tour this month. Nikiandthedove.com
Mary Shelley reunites playwright Helen Edmundson with the acclaimed theatre company, Shared Experience, in a sharp retelling of the Frankenstein author's life, directed by Polly Teale, who has previously dramatised the lives of the Brontë sisters. West Yorkshire Playhouse, (wyp.org.uk), 16 March-7 April
An artist's evolution
London's Russian and European gallery Calvert 22 explores "the subjectivity of memory, language and translation" in an impressive group show, The Forgetting of Proper Names, by emerging Polish artists. Look out for Agnieszka Polka's 'Medical Gymnastics' series. Runs until 18 March, calvert22.org
Forget trainspotters. One-woman knitwear label Shipping Forecast is reclaiming the bobble hat with her charming cable knits. The lady behind the needles, Miriam Burke, makes socks and gloves, too, all with 100 per cent British wool from rare breeds. £50, shippingforecastknitwear.co.uk
Whether you choose to sauté it with pea cream, or grill it with endives and fennel, there are 200 ways to cook a fish, according to Fish, Recipes from the Sea, a delicious new cookbook from the 'Silver Spoon' series which features authentic Italian home-cooking recipes for preparing seafood, as well as tips on choosing a sustainable catch. £29.95, Phaidon
With Valentine's Day a heartbeat away, this dashing foil-blocked poster (£70), part of the whimsical 'Just a Thought' series by London-based designer Joe Joiner, is a more informal way of showing you care. Joejoiner.com
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