Big Little Lies | Confronting: OJ Simpson | Greenwich Book Festival | In Search of Silence | National Beer Day...
From the long-awaited new season of Big Little Lies to the gripping OJ podcast everybody is talking about, from London's fastest growing literary festival to the annual celebration of the nation's favourite drink, this week our weekly round-up of things to do is brimming with fresh ideas.
WATCH Big Little Lies, Season 2, which returns to the small screen today (Monday 10 June) at 9pm. This gripping and darkly funny, Emmy-Award winning series follows the shady lives of the LA’s top yummy mummies as they weave a web of death and deceit while keeping up appearances of ‘the perfect life’. Brooding and plotting in their spacious mansions overlooking the gorgeous Pacific coast, tossing their glossy hair and dressed to kill, three mothers, Madeline, Celeste and Jane are not content with having it all. Rich and beautiful, with sexy husbands and good-looking kids, these Californian bombshells are nearly ready to explode in this this brilliant series that sheds light on the myth of the American Dream. The first-class cast and witty script make it top-notch viewing. And now Season 2 is here the lies can only get bigger, especially as we see Meryl Streep join the cast as the mother of the abusive man who was murdered at the end of season one…..eek!
LISTEN TO Confronting: OJ Simpson, a podcast from Kim Goldman, the sister of murder victim Rob Goldman who digs deeper into the most notorious ‘crime of the century’ on his 25th death anniversary this Wednesday (June 12). Kim has persisted with the theory that the jury got the verdict wrong when it found O.J Simpson not guilty of the horrific murders of her brother Ron and Simpson’s ex wife Nicole. Now in the 10 part series, she talks to prosecutors, witnesses, investigators, jurors, journalists, old friends, who all played an integral role in Ron’s murder trial, revealing experiences that were never shared until now, whilst also reflecting on her personal memories of her late brother. Kim said: “These conversations are really powerful … learned a lot of new things … had some feelings confirmed … experienced lots of emotion … some bits of laughter … plenty of frustration.” Intense, emotional and gripping - sounds like it has all the right ingredients for a hit podcast!
For updates, follow @ConfrontingPod on Twitter and Instagram.
VISIT Greenwich Book Festival where author Sharna Jackson will be talking about her new, critically-acclaimed book, High Rise Mystery on 15th June. Shaking up the murder-mystery genre and making it relevant in a new way, Sharna’s debut has made her a rising star on the literary scene. London’s top south London literary event also offers an array of other talks for book lovers of all ages, from psychological thrillers to earth stories for the under 5s as well as poetry from Jay Bernard and Mary Jean Chan. There is also a chance to join author Bob Gilbert on a nature walk through the stunning and historic surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, while learning about the hidden natural history of the inner city.
READ In Search of Silence by Poorna Bell. The follow up to her hugely successful and moving debut Chase the Rainbow, in which Poorna shares her heart-breaking love story about her late husband Rob, navigating herself through a tragic loss to drugs and addiction. Picking up where she left off, In Search in Silence is the next chapter of her story, which moves on from dealing with grief and mental health to finding fulfilment and self-worth. From packing in her day job in London to her soul-searching and nostalgic adventures across India, Nepal, New Zealand and UK with her nearest and dearest, In Search of Silence chart’s Poorna’s hopeful and exciting journey to rebuilding her life and finding the true meaning of happiness. The witty, poetic and inspiring account is a breath of fresh air, showing the world how to live, laugh, and shine even in the face of your deepest sorrows. Filled with hope, humour, love and joy, this uplifting read will inject you with positivity, and is great for anyone who wants to enrich their lives.
In Search of Silence by Poorna Bell is out now. Follow @Poornabell on Twitter and Instagram for updates.
CELEBRATE Beer Day Britain on June 15th at one of the many pubs, breweries and beer festivals inviting beer drinkers to try out their traditional ales, mainstream lagers and limited edition craft beers. Events are happening across the country to honour Britain’s vibrant brewing heritage and celebrate the UK’s national drink. An annual celebration, Beer Day Britain was launched by beer sommelier and writer Jane Peyton to coincide with the date that the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 in recognition of ale in clause 35 of the great charter. Join in the celebrations, sing the national beer anthem and share your beer moments at 7pm on the day, with the hashtag #cheerstobeer!
Follow @beerdaybritain for more information.
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