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Commonwealth Writers

The Commonwealth Writers feature at the Hay Festival for the first time this year, with the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize being announced in Hay on Friday 8 June by previous winner Chimamanda Ngozi … Continue reading

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London has a new book festival

Thanks to the Telegraph online for this one… Jimmy Carr, P.D. James and A.S. Byatt are among the speakers at the first ‘Words In the Park’ Festival in London’s Holland Park. London will host a new literary festival next weekend … Continue reading

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Jeanette Winterson to take up writing professorship at Manchester University

Thanks to the Guardian online for this one… Novelist best known for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit will teach undergraduates and MA students in city of her birth Jeanette Winterson has been appointed professor of creative writing at Manchester … Continue reading

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Greek financial tragedy turned into fiction

Murders at the heart of Petros Markaris’ new book echo the fury felt towards Greece’s tax-dodging elite. Markaris’ novel tells of a serial killer stalking the wealthy suburbs of Athens for rich Greek victims who have failed to pay their … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70th anniversary marked by star illustrators

Much-loved illustrators including Quentin Blake and Helen Oxenbury have reimagined the Famous Five to mark the 70th anniversary of the adventurous quintet’s first appearance, bringing new looks to Enid Blyton’s classic characters. Blyton’s publisher approached Blake with the idea of … Continue reading

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World Book Day celebrates with Jane Austen portrait

A newly discovered portrait claimed to be of Jane Austen, and a sampler worked in slightly wonky stitches by the author as a girl, will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford for just one day to celebrate … Continue reading

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Magma poetry magazine seeks poems on the theme of music: the universal language

Published three times a year, each issue of Magma has different editors. Issue 53 is edited by Rob A Mackenzie and Kona Macphee, who have both been practicing musicians. For their issue, they are looking for poems that explore the … Continue reading

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Shortlist revealed for British Science Fiction awards

A murder mystery set within a travel guide, the story of a floating circus of bio-engineered freaks in a post-apocalyptic future and a novel set in a world where humanity has been modified to photosynthesise sunlight with its hair, putting … Continue reading

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Andrew Miller novel Pure wins Costa Book of the Year 2012

Pure is the story of a young engineer sent to Paris on the orders of the king to demolish an ancient cemetery that is overflowing with the dead. Mr Miller, 51, saw off the challenge of bookies’ favourite Matthew Hollis … Continue reading

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Burnside wins TS Eliot prize

The Scottish poet triumphed over a very strong shortlist with his 11th collection, Black Cat Bone Judges described the collection as ‘outstanding’ and ‘hauntingly beautiful.’ There was controversy over this year’s TS Eliot Prize when two of the shortlisted poets, … Continue reading

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