Reading Journal: Monday 6th January 2014

So yeah, my journal entry for Monday 6th January. Emmm...bit of a problem there as it happens. I'm sure you know how it is when you spend so much time reading that you leave no time for writing, or you spend so much time writing that you leave no … [Read more...]

Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 longlist announced

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize longlist for 2013 has been announced, revealing a record entry for the UK's only prize for single-author collections of short stories published in the UK. Now running in its seventh year, the 2013 Edge Hill Short … [Read more...]

To bookfinity, and beyond!

An exciting time for Scottish bibliophiles this week, as Book Week Scotland kicks off. The nation's first ever week long celebration of all things bookish runs from today until 2nd December, taking in over 350 FREE events throughout the country. To … [Read more...]

EdBookFest 2012 Diary: Day #6 – Of short fiction demigods and ‘debonair deviants’

On certain days I wonder whether posting a dairy entry is of any worth. I ummed and awwed over posting one today because my day at EdBookFest was, until evening at least, largely quiet and uneventful. And then when things did liven up - and boy, … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win one of two PERSONALLY SIGNED copies of Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island

So, you know that the Edinburgh International Book Festival starts on Saturday right? And you know that I'm going to be banging on about about it for the next couple of weeks? Let it be known though, that I only do so to bring something of a 'being … [Read more...]

Nathan Englander wins 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Nathan Englander has been announced as the winner of this year's Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, for his collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Alfred A. Knopf). Competing against a strong shortlist which … [Read more...]

Which events are making Rob wag his tail for EdBookFest 2012, already?

With news of this year's event programme still fresh, and my heart still pounding like a Spaniard's drum at a Euro '12 football match, I thought I'd take a moment to highlight a few of the events that I'm most excited about in this year's Edinburgh … [Read more...]

Shortlist for 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award unveiled

The shortlist for the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been announced, revealing an eclectic final six, with collections from eminent authors around the world. American, Lucia Perillo's debut work of fiction goes … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

In a Nutshell: Dark Lies the Island is easily as good as Barry's debut collection There Are Little Kingdoms, and in some respects - mainly in terms of maturity - it's even better. I may have been worried going into this one thinking that I may have … [Read more...]

Short story review: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: Young Irish writer Patrick arrives in Berlin one summer, and shares an apartment with a lesbian Slavic fashion … [Read more...]