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  • ‘You write a biography from the vantage point of where you are: your gender, your race, your class. It's not a love affair or a marriage: it's a job. You're not writing autobiography; you're writing about some other person, usually a dead person. You can only access them in as far as you...

Kathy Woolley reports on how Book Aid InternationalSupplies much-needed books to developing countries, raising funds from publishers and general public; 'Reverse Book Club' is masterly idea-for...

Titles featuring the metaphorical power of micturating pooches, the ass' enormous socio-economic and cultural significance in the Middle Ages and how heavy metal headbangers have been influenced by Virgil's The Aeneid are among the six titles shortlisted for the 42nd Diagram Prize for the Oddest...

Wole Soyinka has used his time in lockdown to write his first novel in almost 50 years.

The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most...

In the summer of 1923 the novelist Rumer Godden, then a girl of 15, came with her mother and three sisters to a hotel in the town of Château-Thierry, near the Great War battlefields of the Marne.

When I dipped my bicycle tires into the Atlantic Ocean in Yorktown, Virginia, in early November 2000, my yelp for joy was followed by a lengthy sigh.

At last, I had finished my absolutely-must-do, solo, cross-country trek of 4,250 miles. Completion liberated me to focus solely on...

There is a revealing story Margaret Busby tells, about the first novel she published. A family friend had bumped into a former US serviceman called Sam Greenlee.

Can reading aloud help you write better? Does planning too far ahead overcomplicate things? We asked Dutch author Thomas Heerma van Voss, our virtual writer in residence, to share his techniques for constructing great writing. Thomas' virtual residency is in partnership with New Dutch Writing...

In the midst of a global pandemic, almost nothing is proceeding as normal. And yet, on a dim October morning, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist announcement went brightly, briefly and virtually streaming into homes and revealing the five books that had moved one step further towards winning...

The idea and practice of blogging books continues to gain acceptance. Bloggers get and seek traditional publishing deals and self-publish their content. And aspiring authors, including bloggers, compose their manuscripts from scratch post by post on the Internet and successfully land publishing...

The author talks about terrible Hollywood adaptations, writing LGBTQ characters for his passionate fans, and saying goodbye to Percy Jackson

Interviews seldom offer the chance to say anything worth hearing, no matter how well-prepared the interviewer. You are invited to rehash your material, saying it again in worse words. "What did you mean when you said....?" etc. Or "Why did you write this book?" It isn't enough to say that you...

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