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November Literary Festivals

It’s the 1st of November, go on and indulge yourself in a real cultural feast by attending the many literary festivals that will take place in the UK in November. Wherever you live there’s bound to be one near you. Here we’ve put together a list of the best literary festivals coming up this month.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This miraculous novel was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, which aims to recognise outstanding examples of science fiction (SF) literature. It also earned its author a nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards.

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The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

This debut novel by writer Mahsuda Snaith takes the form of a bildungsroman, in which Ravine slowly begins to see the truth that the solitude of her bedroom has kept hidden from her.

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Next stop New Zealand!

It’s official: next month (oh, wow, is it really only that long?) I will be moving to the other side of the world, armed with only a large backpack, my Kindle and a whole lot of hoping. As a young professional just starting out in publishing, I’ve been doing a lot of research into how things stand in the New Zealand publishing industry.

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15 years an editor: Ten things I used to do that I wouldn’t do now

Over the past 15 years, it is safe to say that the pace of change in the publishing industry has been supersonic. The most significant change, has, of course, been the advance in digital technology. It has transformed the way we read and where we read, and it has gradually transformed the way we, as editors, do our work.

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Celebrating National Poetry Day

Homeless to poetry by Vanessa Daly We recently had an enquiry from Séamus Fox, a Cambridge based poet who having become homeless, is now part of the Emmaus community in Cambridge. Emmaus is a charity that supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home and meaningful […]

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Fifty-two books in a year: my reading challenge

by Laura Rutherford I’m really not sure where to begin with this blog. You’d think that, as a self-professed ‘bookworm for life’ and vehement champion of the written word, being asked to write something dedicated solely to my love of reading would be a walk in the metaphorical park. You’d […]

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Power is undeniably clever and thought-provoking, holding a mirror to entrenched sexual hierarchies and cruelties still prevalent in our modern world by presenting an alternative reality.

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Turning pages and changing lives: furnishing prisoners with employability skills

The Shannon Trust’s Turning Pages programme was started 20 years ago, pairing struggling readers with mentors – usually fellow inmates – with the aim of improving their reading skills as part of their rehabilitation in prison.

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The Blade Artist, by Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist is short and fast-paced, employing a more linear plot than some of Welsh’s previous books. However, it’s also peppered with glimpses of Begbie’s childhood which gives the reader supplemental information about his adolescence.

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