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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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Battle for the Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Sir Terry Pratchett and Sue Townsend are among the five writers competing for this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. The judges of the prize are: James Naughtie, broadcaster and author; David Campbell, Everyman’s Library publisher; and Peter … Continue reading

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Animal Magic poetry debut for Liz Brownlee

Thanks to Writers online for this one… With over sixty anthology appearances to her name, poet and regular Talkbacker Liz Brownlee is celebrating with the publication of her debut solo collection, Animal Magic. “After attending two creative writing courses around … Continue reading

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A little bit strange…

Thanks to Writers Online for this unusual one! The Diagram Prize is awarded annually by The Bookseller to the strangest book titles of the year. Cooking with Poo is a Thai recipe book, and the ‘Poo’ of the title refers … Continue reading

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Arabic book award withheld over lack of suitable candidates

A book award to celebrate the best in Arab literature has been withdrawn due to a lack of suitable candidates. None of the shortlisted books were deemed good enough to secure Sheikh Zayed Book award’s literature prize and the £130,000 … Continue reading

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Orange prize for fiction longlist shows diversity of historical novels

Thanks to the Guardian for this one… Historical fiction– from love among heroes in ancient Greece to bickering jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied Paris – forms a significant chunk of this year’s Orange prize longlist, which has been revealed to coincide … 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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