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2 Amazing Reads to Start a Conversation on the Environment Ahead of COP26 

September 9, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought devastation to millions around the world, disrupting many parts of the global economy. During this time, governments have stepped up to protect our lives and liveliho…

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In Conversation with Tatti de Jersey

September 9, 2021

Tatti de Jersey has worked in children’s book PR for over 18 years. During that time she has worked for both traditional and independent publishers as well as a wide-range of authors such as Michael M…

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Find Your Perfect Summer Read with Neem Tree Press

August 24, 2021

Summer is the perfect time to catch up with that reading goal you set yourself all those months ago and whilst many countries have been added to the green list, still so few of us are able to travel a…

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In Conversation with Victoria Olajide

August 11, 2021

Victoria Olajide founded TVOTRIBE in July 2019, a Pan-African community building culturally aware creatives in Africa and in the Diaspora. Olajide started this venture on her own and has since expande…

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The Books You Should Read For Women In Translation Month! – August

August 9, 2021

August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) – an annual celebration (which, if we’re being honest, might as well be yearlong for Neem Tree Press) of literature written by women that has been tran…

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In Conversation with Chris Moody

July 29, 2021

Chris Moody is the founder of Bang the Drum. He has over 35+ years of experience in publishing and has worked with some of the largest UK publishers prior to going freelance and moving to working with…

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In Conversation with Rumana Yasmin

July 15, 2021

Rumana Yasmin is the founder of BokBok Books, an independent book publisher specialising in both English and Bengali children’s books. Starting the company with no industry knowledge, Rumana’s journey…

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In Conversation with Sanjee de Silva

July 1, 2021

Sanjee de Silva is a relatively recent addition to the Sweet Cherry team and comes from an amazingly diverse background – from being an accounts manager and brand manager for companies like Ralph Laur…

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In the news

We love to read more about the topics our authors write about or just explore interesting news items! Here are some things that have caught our eye recently.

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Wan Yi (1150-1210): A Tragic Female Entrepreneur in Song China | Visualizing Traditional China

Wan Yi was the perfect example that a woman with strong, independent mindset had the right and resources to become successful in the Song Dynasty.

Read more (zhang.digitalscholar.rochester.edu)
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The Qing Ming Scroll

"Up the River During Qingming" is a masterpiece of genre painting, with many replications done over the centuries. This version, completed in 1736, the first year of the Qianlong Emperor's reign, was the collaborative effort of five Qing court artists—Chen Mei, Sun Hu, Jin Kun, Dai Hong, and Cheng Zhidao. Known as the "Qing court version," the hand scroll is richly detailed and faithful to the styles and contents of previous versions. Notable features are bright coloring, mature brushwork, ruled-line architectural representation, and the fine and exact rendering of the figures. Although it departs from the old Song dynasty prototype, it is still an invaluable source of study for Ming and Qing society and customs.

Read more (National Palace Museum)
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The Three Hares Motif

Every visitor to the oasis town of Dunhuang in northwestern China encounters a puzzling image of three hares (or three rabbits) that appear to be chasing each other in a never-ending circle.

Read more (Chinese Puzzles)
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The Mystery Of The Three Hares

Three Devon-based researchers have found the motif in 17 churches in the county and are looking for more.

They've also visited sites in the Middle and Far East and the sign seems to crop up along a line, possibly an early trade route from east to west.

Read more (BBC)
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“Ossies,” former East Germans, compare socialist youth with life under capitalism

For some brief but shining years, the GDR was achieving more and more of the aims of socialism. The powers-that-be today are afraid of this. They don’t want people to know that there was an actual world in which fear of joblessness was gone, poverty was eliminated, women had equality, racism was illegal, and no child went hungry.

Read more (PeoplesWorld)
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The Secret Lives Of The Stasi

Chilling photos uncovered by a German artist reveal the Stasi's methods to monitor and terrorize their citizens.

Read more (RadioFreeEurope RadioLiberty)
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Do East Germans Regret the Fall of the Berlin Wall?

It has been 29 years since the Berlin Wall came down. The division between West Germany and Soviet-occupied East Germany came to an end on Nov. 9, 1989, after more than 20 years of separation. This event was viewed by the West as a victory for freedom and democracy.

Intriguingly, however, many East Germans don’t view this event as entirely positive. A Leipzig University study published in November shows that an astonishing 40 percent of East Germans think a dictator would be acceptable in certain circumstances.

Read more (thetrumpet.com)