‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 18th May 2017

Essay Prize 2017 shortlist revealed - Non-fiction essay publisher Notting Hill Editions have just revealed the 2017 shortlist for their biennial Essay Prize; a prize awarded to the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 17th May 2017

In Mexico City with Lucia Duero - One of my favourite translated literature websites is Words Without Borders, and one of my favourite features is their 'The City and the Writer' series, in which they interview writers about the city which they … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 16th May 2017

In The Footsteps of Marcel Proust - It's somewhat befitting that director William Friedkin in this piece for the New York Times mentions devouring everything he can find on Marcel Proust, because ever since I took Monsieur P. into my heart, I've had … [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...]

‘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...]

Book Bites: Jane Mount in motion, Book Bricks, Indy’s 50 best winter reads

Thessaly La Force's 'ideal bookshelf' - While I'm sure many of you would have already seen the extraordinarily gorgeous bookish art of Jane Mount, few would have bore witness to the creation of her art, in motion. Well, thanks to the Paris Review we … [Read more...]

Scotland set to stage week-long celebration of reading

The National Library of Scotland was abuzz yesterday, as Scotland's Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop launched the Book Week Scotland programme. Taking place between 26th November and 2nd December, Scotland's inaugural celebration of reading will … [Read more...]