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  • Your ultimate autumn culture planner 2020

    Culture vultures, grab your diaries. Here's your Muddy-curated cheat sheet to the season's best art, theatre, TV, books and film in the UK.

  • Caitlin Moran Live

    Neighbourhood watch: what’s hot and happening near you now

    Wondering what to get up to this week? Don't worry: we've done all the hard work for you, and Caitlin Moran is kicking us off in style with her new sofa-savvy live tour. So pre-order the wine and clear your iCal – this is one you're gonna wanna book...

  • Writing a novel

    In conversation with: She Rises author, Kate Worsley

    Did you write a book during lockdown? Nope, us neither. But the global pandemic-shaped pause has created a new generation of novelists who want to. So what's it really like to pen a best-seller, and are there any hot hacks? We asked an Essex pro to share her story…

  • Culture: the hot summer reads set in Essex

    With stay/vay-cays finally on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s hottest reads to see you through the holidays. From ghostly sightings across the salt marshes to satire in Southend, we've got you covered

  • Holiday books to read in lockdown

    Need a new lockdown read?

    It's Independent Bookshop Week so support your local purveyor of fine literature by popping in and buying one of these super summer reads. All come recommended by the Muddy crew.

  • Festival

    Culture vulture: my June hitlist

    Less time propping up bars means more time enjoying the creative arts right?! Here's what I'm loving this month.

  • Gardening books

    10 of the best gardening books

    Fancy getting all green fingered in the garden but don't really know where to start? Here's a helping hand with 10 terrific tomes to add to your reading list.

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