Seven Essential Tips for Unpublished Authors

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

1. Write a great book. This is very hard and will take you a long time. See (3.). 2. Never refer to yourself as: budding novelist, aspiring novelist,...

Secrets in the Family

Hilary Boyd | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Boyd

Does your family have a dark secret? I assume that most families do, to one degree or another. It may be a significant one, like one of the children is not the father's biological child, a bigamous family, or a suicide.

Robert Macfarlane's Desert Island Books

Marissa Chen | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
Marissa Chen

Robert Macfarlane's debut, Mountains of the Mind, was released to unanimous praise - and a string of literary accolades - in 2003. His writing has since established a new authority on the relationship between nature, identity and art, and in so doing cemented his reputation as one of the region's most prolific naturalists.

In Praise of Historical Novelists

Harry Freedman | Posted 28.02.2012 | Home
Harry Freedman

The first time I wrote historical fiction I had no idea what I was taking on. Even now, with one historical novel under my belt, and with a second on the way, I am filled with admiration for anyone who can craft a good period narrative. Of all the literary genres, historical fiction must be the toughest.

Interview with Lucy Caldwell, 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize Winner

Alan Black | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
Alan Black

A bold novelist takes the big bite - life and death, the metaphors within, identity and symbolism. Lucy Caldwell grew up in Northern Ireland, a fertile ground for all of that. She was not tribal, yet not entirely free from the intersection of death, once the signpost to the province.

Bad Sex Awards: David Guterson 'Wins' Awkward Erotica Prize

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Comedy

In 1995, American author David Guterson won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his incredibly popular novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. In 2011, American aut...

Lost in Translation: Lessons From a UK Writer-in-Residence

Sharon Memis | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK
Sharon Memis

In our work, every day we find that art is a powerful conduit connecting people and their diverse cultures. Residency programs like this one, that bring writers face to face with each other and with young people eager to learn, create the perfect environment to explore the road not yet taken.

A Writer's Life, "I've Never Heard of You"

James Jackson | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
James Jackson

Some fourteen years ago now, the fellow had marched across a crowded airport departure hall in order to deliver his crushing verdict.

The Man Booker Prize 2011 Longlist Revealed | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle

It took the panel of judges just two hours to decide on the 13-strong longlist for this year's Man Booker prize - and there's plenty of variety in bot...