Windham Campbell Prizes: The Art of the Essay

Windham Campbell Prizes have kindly made available a recent 'Art of the Essay' panel discussion, recorded at their 2015 Festival, featuring three leading contemporary essayists (and two of my favourites). The discussion between Anne Fadiman, John … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

'Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?' - I'm a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it's nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed - Alas, I've not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn't stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced … [Read more...]

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 longlist announced

This year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as 'the most wide-ranging yet'. Now its fifth edition, the world's richest prize for a single short story … [Read more...]

The Other Publishing Company launches short fiction competition

The good eggs over at The Other Publishing Company have asked me if I would draw attention to an upcoming short fiction competition they are launching, in promotion of their Lit Bits short story series. Running over four consecutive weekends … [Read more...]

2013 Costa Short Story Award shortlist revealed

Exciting times for short story fans, as the Costa Book Awards reveals its shortlist for this year's Short Story Award. Now in its second year, the Costa Short Story Award is awarded to a previously unpublished single short story of no more than … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th November 2013

Short fiction fans set for a long visit at ShortStops - How exciting to see short story writer and editor of The Short Review, Tania Hershman breaking cover with a new short fiction-related portal which focuses on bringing attention to all of the … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Saturday 9th November 2013

Kerouac, Ginsberg and Mead on the meaning of 'Beat' - Over at Open Culture there's a hot serving of rare audio recordings in which Beat gods Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Mead get down to the nitty gritty of what the Beat Movement … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Friday 8th November 2013

Clare Vaye Watkins shorts out 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize - What a joy it is to see that American Clare Vaye Watkins has won the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection, Battleborn (Granta Books). And coming right off the back of Alice Munro being … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 7th November 2013

Leafing through the pages - Over at the Paris Review website, debut novelist Amy Grace Loyd tells us why she has a thing for squirrelling away tree leaves between the pages of books. You know, that's one of the reasons I love physical books as … [Read more...]