23.10 – The Friday Five – Bright’s top cultural finds this week

The Friday Five
1. Kids talk about the impact of reading

How have you been empowered by the act of reading? Scholastic enlisted a group of young bibliophiles to share their responses to this question in a video called “Because I Read…”


2. A Microbiologist Recreated ‘Starry Night’ With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic “Starry Night” — especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls with a palpable momentum of wind, fog and moonlight.


3. How an illustrated magazine won over the fashion industry

In the current issue of the biannual fashion magazine Herself you can find some unusual models wearing the latest collections.There is Queen Elizabeth II in black and white Gareth Pugh, Princess Leia in shimmering Rodarte, Queen Elsa of Frozen in snow-white Valentino and Marie Antoinette in baby-pink Giambattista Valli.


4. The weird worlds of Roger Dean, prog rock’s artist in residence – in pictures

Space was not the final frontier for artist Roger Dean, best known for his album covers for the band Yes. He went far beyond the galaxies for his fantastical images. Roger Dean: Somewhere Near Here, is at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Green, East Sussex, until 3 November.


5. THE PERFECT TREE by Chloe Bonfield  – Kirkus Reviews

In a natural-world version of Leo Tolstoy’s short story “The Three Questions,” a boy goes in search of the perfect tree to chop for firewood and finds much more.