UK Literature

International Translation Day: Beyond Nordic Noir

Leah Broad | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Leah Broad

The Nordic countries are synonymous with crime fiction -- the bleak and murderous landscapes of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. But the Nordic countries offer a wealth of literary riches in a broad range of genres. For me, some of the most exciting writing from the North is found outside of the detective's territory.

Cotton Knickers, Faux Fur

Buhle Ngaba | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Buhle Ngaba

I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.

Derren Brown On Self-Help Industry: 'The Universe Doesn't Give A F**k'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

Derren Brown rubs his eyes. It’s no illusion. He’s just tired. The 45-year-old has a new puppy and didn’t sleep much the night before we meet at...

Dear Readers - Have You Been White-Washed?

Ann Girdharry | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK
Ann Girdharry

I think it's about time the mainstream bookshelves reflected the mix and diversity that actually exists in society. I think it's time that diverse characters, with racially diverse backgrounds and parentage and histories, finally found their way onto our contemporary bookshelves in the 'main' sections.

At Home With Biggins - The Shakespearean Actor

Laura-Jane Foley | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Laura-Jane Foley

Christopher Biggins, already the favourite to win this year's Celebrity Big Brother is best known as a media personality and pantomime favourite. But ...

The Dark and Disturbing Tale of Winnie the Pooh

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Wrapped in a blanket, my brothers and I used to sit by the radiator and listen to my mum read children's classics. My favourites were Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. I remember revelling in the stories of a clueless bear, accompanied by excited and reluctant friends, wandering around Hundred Acre Wood in the perpetual pursuit of honey.

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

Irish Poetry Prize Goes to Dashboard Confessional

Phil Brown | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

"In modern times, poets write parodies about love. They send themselves up. Love poetry has become a form of retaliating first." E.A. Markham, The Gua...

Shakespeare: A Wonderfully Filthy Bugger

Lewis Ironside | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lewis Ironside

Perhaps it's because he was also responsible for so much of our literary history that we consider him mandatory for our offsprings' education, but surely no writer in the English language has ever written such beautifully obscene poems, plays and passages.

Is This A Quiz I See Before Me? Come, Let Me Fail Thee

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK

Although the exact date of William Shakespeare's death is not recorded, it's traditionally accepted as 23 April, 1616, meaning it was 400 years ago th...

Why Do We Need Poetry?

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clare Dyckhoff

When you're feeling overwhelmed or sad, it's incredibly easy to feel alone in this, and think that no one else would ever understand. But what I've found in poetry is that these very emotions and confused states of being you thought were so unusual and isolated to you, have been in fact the topic of address for many decades, and probably will continue to be so.

Test Your Poetry Knowledge With This Tricky Little Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

People across the globe have been sharing their favourite verses to help mark World Poetry Day - but how many famous poems can you actually name? 21 M...

WOW Festival - Inspiring Goals

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I've spent the day surrounded by inspirational women. From The Lips choir who spent their week joining protests again female asylum seekers detained in Yarl's Wood to hula hooping and football workshops.

10 Books to Get Your Child Into Reading

Juliana Oliver | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents
Juliana Oliver

If your child struggles to read, or lacks enthusiasm for reading, try books with relatively large text and short chapters. Funny and adventure-based stories are also more likely to appeal: they are easy to get into and mean children won't feel like they're reading a school book.

I've Written 10 Books - One for Every Time I've Been Diagnosed With Cancer

Emma Hannigan | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Hannigan

I describe myself as a cancer vixen. I use the word vixen because is sounds better than victim. Also, I have never seen myself as a victim. I am a proud survivor and I am grateful for that fact each and every day.

Reflections On Love (In Lyrics And Literature)

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chloe Tomlinson

All the literary women I have loved have been moved by an idea of love as something that is enormous, life changing, all-consuming, their raison d'être: Emma Bovary, Antoinette Rochester (the 'mad woman in the attic' from Jane Eyre who is brought to life in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea,) and my absolute favourite, Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights...

North Korea: A Reader's Guide

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

Where do you go then if you want to understand the DPRK and its 25 million citizens? The answer is literature. The catalogue of North Korea-centred writing is burgeoning right now and many books in the catalogue are very good. With this in mind, here's a selection of six of the best.

The Greatest Ever Christmas Book: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

As we grow older, we tend to hide the cantankerousness and innocence that formed such a large part of our youth. Perhaps social convention, or some vague idea of acting grown up, forces us to mask these ostensibly childish attributes.

Mark Tully: 'This Terror Gives Religion A Bad Name'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK

After nearly half a century reporting from India where he was the BBC’s Delhi Bureau chief and acknowledged expert on his adopted nation, Mark Tully...

My Best Friend Ghosted Me and All I Got Was This Lousy Article

Liz Cookman | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cookman

Ghosting, which was recently chosen as one of 2015's words of the year by Collins English Dictionary, is when someone cuts you off dead - the ultimate silent treatment. Your calls are ignored, your texts left unread and, if you're as unbearable as me, you might even find yourself full-on digitally blocked (even Linked in - I'm not going to late-night stalk your endorsements).

Jane Austen, Alien Civilisations and Dangerous Climate Change

Chris Shaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Chris Shaw

It is more important than ever that the debate about what sort of future we want is opened up to as many people as possible. But we can't base that conversation on a fairy tale. It is time to stop sugar coating the reality of climate change.

Princess Michael Of Kent On Why Men Are No Good At Writing About Women

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK

Princess Michael of Kent, the author and royal, has told The Huffington Post UK she believes women today have "the courage to do everything" - althoug...

David Constantine: The Bleak Satisfaction Of Clear Sentences

Ed Cripps | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

David Constantine is one of Britain's most underrated writers. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, his balance of the lyrical and the sparse echoes James Salter and John McGahern.

Hero Jackie Collins On Why The Phrase 'Mummy Porn' Is Degrading To Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Jackie Collins may be known for her steamy novels, but the author won't thank you for referring to her work as "Mummy Porn". "I think it’s the mo...

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...