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March 2018


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Finding something to read, watch or play this month for #redread can inspire you, could spark your passion or ignite the blood thirsty part of your personality.

Red is a word that brings many things to mind; bloodshed, fire, science, sport, passion, politics, food, drink and things that can make you blush.

It could be that books on design, how to dress for success and looking for the right career for you could start your reading of the colour red. Design with Colour and StyleHow to Dress for Success and What Colour is your Parachute?

Music has the famous bands Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Simply Red and popular Red Red Wine by UB40, Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson and I See Red by Split Endz.

Red haired actors and actresses Damien Lewis, Lucille Ball, Robert Redford, Don Most, Ron Howard, Danny Bonaduce and Julianne Moore. Games of Thrones is one of the most popular television shows at the moment and with the amount of blood shed in each episode it would make a great #redread (the red wedding!). Watch Dr Who wearing a red fez, Red Dawn (the 80s version or the remake?) or get locked in the red room with Jane Eyre.

Shakespeare’s works are often filled with passion and bloodshed –  Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummers Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale – and sometimes the passion and bloodshed is intertwined.

If you would rather avoid the bloodshed, there are always his love sonnets to enjoy.

There have also been many works (books, movies, songs, and plays) inspired by Shakespeare – whether a reworking of an original play or sonnet, or the exploration of a character or idea.

He drank and saw the spider by Alex Bledsoe is a compassionate retelling of The winter’s taleWyrd sisters from Terry Pratchett retells Macbeth. Goodreads has a delightful list of Shakespeare retellings, including both romance and horror. Or how about the films West Side Story and Gnomeo and Juliet?

Sports can bring out the passion in people either supporting your favourite team Manchester United, Sydney Swans, Chicago Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Sydney Swifts, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to mention a few. Read sports biographies such as Alex Ferguson: my autobiography, Thierry Henry: lonely at the top, Brave Heart, Aussie Grit and Michael Jordan.

Romance is a genre that screams red or its younger cousin, pink. You can try classic romance or a hot erotica romance. A Rogue by any Other Name by Sarah MacLean , When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J Maas and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong may ignite your passions. Reading the Smart Bitches Trashy Books  blog will help you keep up-to-date with the latest news and reviews in the romance world.

At another end of the scale, horror is a genre that leaves both pages and screens running red with blood. If you especially like your horror in a gothic style why not get involved in the Gothic Novel Jam in July –  challenge yourself to create something (it could be a story, game, films, pictures or anything else) inspired by the gothic novel genre.

Will you mix politics and red with all things Julia Gillard, cook some red food or simply read books with red covers? What will have you seeing red this month?

There will be a twitter discussion on 27 March starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #redread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #redread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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