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Diagram Prize 2005

The 2005 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year

The shortlist for the 2005 prize was announced recently.  My favourite competition of the year is run by columnist Horace Bent in the Bookseller (the UK book trade weekly) with input from dedicated odd title hunters from all over the world.  Read more

How to get published | Masterclass 1

Masterclasses from the 2005 London Book Fair

Chaired by the writer and journalist John Walsh, a panel of four publishing insiders deliberated the thorny subject of how to get published in front of a large, well-informed, near-capacity audience of writers at the London Book Fair.  Read more

Poetry | Masterclass 3

Masterclasses from the 2005 London Book Fair

This Masterclass was chaired by Daisy Goodwin and the three poets on the panel were Fleur Adcock, Sophie Hannah and Christopher Reid.

The Masterclass went well and everyone wrote a poem to be considered by the group.

The poets had some interesting things to say about how to break into what many aspiring poets see as the closed world of poetry.  Read more

Historical Fiction | Masterclass 2

Masterclasses from the 2005 London Book Fair

The Masterclass on Historical Fiction at the London Book Fair involved two of the most successful authors in the genre, Bernard Cornwall, author of the Sharpe novels and the Arthurian trilogy, and Philippa Gregory, who first made her name in the field with A Respectable Trade and has more recently written a series of Tudor novels.  Read more

PBS Choice Reading

Poetry Book Society Readings

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Fay Weldon at AWC

Report from the Annual Writers’ Conference in Winchester

In the week that brought the news that the average age of authors whose books were in the US bestseller lists was a little over fifty, Fay Weldon in her plenary address to the 25th Writers’ Conference at Winchester had more good news for mature writers.  Read more


Digitalization/Google and all that....

Nick Webb, publisher turned author, comments on what GoogleWorld might mean for authors

When I first turned to writing I resolved to resist the personality disorders that decades of dealing with authors made me associate with the species. You know: insecurity, jealous rage, plangent whingeing, emotional neediness, and - above all - endless anxiety about money.  Read more

2005 T S Eliot Prize Readings

The T S Eliot Prize 2005 Readings

Poetry lovers who are within reach of London can look forward to an annual treat in January. The poets shortlisted for the annual T S Eliot Prize for the best poetry collection published in the UK during 2005 will be reading on Sunday the 15th January.  Read more

The Poetry Archive

The launch of the Poetry Archive

Last week saw the launch of the Poetry ArchiveOnline archive with recordings of over 130 living poets' voices, mostly from the UK; you can listen to excerpts on their wonderful site or go to to buy hour-long recordings on CD. a major initiative to record poets’ voices and to preserve their own readings of their work. The new website is at, where you can listen to the 80 poets who have so far been recorded by the Archive, now the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets read  Read more

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