Creative Sensemaker: What to read, watch and listen to this weekend

Tortoise Sensemaker 20th Dec

A rundown of the books, films, music and more by Tortoise Media, the slow news agency

Tortoise Sensemaker 20th Dec
Tortoise Sensemaker 20th Dec


The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories: From Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter edited by Jessica Harrison
This is the season for anthologies: for dipping into the best collections and compilations you can lay your hands on. There are a fair few such treasuries of festive stories, but Jessica Harrison’s is the finest I have come across, with tales by authors ranging from Truman Capote, Shirley Jackson and Elizabeth Bowen to Dostoyevsky, Italo Calvino and Daphne du Maurier. 


If you grow weary of playing Now That’s What I Call Christmas and the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, may I suggest It Feels Like Christmas by Vitamin String Quartet – these offbeat, festive adaptations by VSQ are quirky chamber versions of songs ranging from Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ to Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’.

That’s all for now – Creative Sensemaker will return in January.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year.

Best wishes,
Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner
Tortoise Media

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