This week we celebrated World Book Day, but I want to urge you to use the event as an opportunity to remind yourself of those books which have most influenced you at any point in your life.
What follows is an account of gritty, gut-crumpling crime. A crime, that I am both proud and sad to say I single-handedly foiled.
I was aware that with my first novel due for publication in mid-May, the comments would soon start a'coming; I just wasn't expecting them to have a'come already and to stumble across a review whilst I was looking for cat vine - doing serious, serious research.
Though the soup cans caused a mild sensation in Los Angeles with the more daring members of the youthful art and film community intrigued by their novelty, most people treated them with indifference or outright disdain.
The Mary Rose, also known as the Marie Rose, the Rose Marie and HMS Warrior, was built by King Arthur (also known as King Henry) in the 15th Century.
Self-publishing is increasingly proving to be an effective way of building a fan base, garnering critical reactions and attracting the attention of larger publishers. I caught up with self-published Author Adam Sydney to learn about his experiences as the writer and publisher of three novels.
The Fall of the Rebel Angels is the only independent show that will take place during the 56th Venice Biennale this year. A selection of the most thought-provoking artists of today selected by the Croatian, but London based, artist and curator Vanya Balogh.
Over the past few weeks, I have looked in to a whole variety of ways of keeping myself sane while I write. It's not as though I want to chat all day, but having the odd conversation with an adult every so often would be nice, even if I don't get to share their pizza.
Wherever you look women's history and their stories are not given equal value. And this is easiest to see in the realm of drama and theatre, which have at their very basis the art of storytelling.
Plays such as Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, my Oppenheimer or Complicité's A Disappearing Number are not truth - they are not documentary. What they do is introduce a scientific figure or a scientific idea, tether it to the structures of story and drama, and introduce an otherwise unknown aspect of history to a new audience.
The Tate has opened a wonderful new exhibition on Sonia Delaunay, the exciting avant-garde artist whose bright and colourful works spanned not just painting, but also textiles, fashion, theatre and design.
Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair since 2007 and I pay my tribute of admiration to so many writers, publishers, translators and literary promoters who, along these eight years, have showcased the excellence of Romanian literature and established lasting relations between Romania and the UK.
As reported by the national press, the young girl is called Hudea and she was photographed in December 2014 at the Atmeh refugee camp in Syria, near the Turkish border, where she had travelled with her mother and two siblings, roughly 150km from their home in Hama.
There is a delicious darkness to Roald Dahl's original book about a vile and dirty couple who are rotten to the core. You relish their horrid plots and laugh at their wickedness. I desperately wanted this adaptation to capture that spirit but the result is not good, patchy at best.
What if we could make space for an entirely new garden in Central London? What if that garden was by one of the world's greatest garden designers? What if it could also reduce pressure on London's transport system?
Four salient reasons to resist the rise of trigger warnings in higher education and general usage. For the sake of resisting censorship by stealth, for the sake of artistic integrity, for the sake of maintaining serious intellectual openness in higher education, and for the sake of those suffering from trauma themselves, I beg you - don't get too trigger-happy.