Welcome to loureviews.blog!

About this blog

I started this blog in 2011 to report back on shows I have attended, mainly theatre but also some concerts and sporting events.

It has also become a vehicle for some film, television (current and archive), book reviews, and some more personal pieces.

About me

On a professional level I worked for twenty-five years as a librarian, and also am a published writer – academic articles, poetry, popular culture – and spent five years editing a journal for a major publisher. If you would like to know more, see my LinkedIn profile.

As of 2019 writing and editing has become my main job, and I am very keen to engage with productions, outlets, and arts organisations to expand my coverage and my reviews.

Social media channels

Please feel free to browse through my work on here or via my Twitter feed (@loureviewsblog). I am also developing my YouTube channel | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook and will be launching a sibling blog to this one to concentrate on DVD releases during 2019.

Contact me

If you feel you have some news or events which would be a good fit for loureviews.blog, or would like me to review your show or product, please let me know.

You can contact me at louise@loureviews.blog and I will respond to you as soon as I can.


Three icons in one place: a great photo!

Spotted on Classic Movie Digest’s Facebook page:


Ladies and gentlemen, you have Elvis Presley (the King of Rock ‘n Roll), Frank Sinatra (the Chairman of the Board), and Fred Astaire (Gershwin’s favourite singer and the screen’s most graceful dancer) in one shot.

I wonder what the conversation was about?  And I wonder what Joe Esposito was thinking (one of Elvis’ Memphis Mafia, in the background between Elvis and Frank).

Presley and Sinatra appeared together on a TV special:

And on also on YouTube, someone has had fun putting a clip of Fred dancing with Rita Hayworth to one of Elvis’ hits:

Three fabulous guys from the golden age of film and music.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

My home town – some photographs

My home town is Oldham, Greater Manchester. Once you leave the urban town, it is a beautiful place (50% countryside) and I hope these photographs, taken three years ago, do it justice.  The building is Hartshead Pike, which sits high above, looking down on to the residential areas.

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(c) Louise Penn

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Open House London 2013, in photographs

Everything in this post can be viewed for free within the City of London. Just wander around, look up and around you as you go, and enjoy what our capital city has to offer.


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