Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green

A Fistful of Shells by Toby Green gives us a scrap book of snapshots of a West Africa a lot of us have never been told existed. Certainly for me who, quite arrogantly I now know, presumed to have a fairly good grip of world history was surprised as I read about stories that contained… Read More Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green

Book Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – A new danger is discovered seeping into Four Paths

*Warning: there are some spoilers in this review* The Deck of Omens picks up where The Devouring Gray left us. Lives have been changed forever and the small town of Four Paths has been rocked by a waterfall of revelations. The Founders and their kin don’t have a moment to gather their thoughts as a… Read More Book Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – A new danger is discovered seeping into Four Paths

Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

*Warning: There are spoilers in this one. Sorry but I just couldn’t help gushing about it* As soon as I heard about Hamnet I wanted to read it. As someone who has loved Shakespeare’s plays since childhood just hearing that I could read a story written about the writer and his son sparked my excitement.… Read More Reading the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Debut Poets Dominate The Shortlist For The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

Celebrating the Prize’s 15th anniversary the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize recalls its namesake thanks to the dominance of young and experimental poets showcased on its shortlist each of whom are in the running for the £30,000 Prize. From Jay Bernard whose collection Surge addresses black radical British history against the backdrop of the Grenfell… Read More Debut Poets Dominate The Shortlist For The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is about Little Dog, his grandmother and mother. The novel is written as a letter from the son to mother, however it is never meant to be read by as she never learnt to read. The story wanders through their intertwined life stories. We see Lan, Little Dog’s grandmother, during… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Author Tim Lebbon digs up his macabre writing roots ahead of the publication of his new novel Eden

This week I will post a review of the horror novel Eden. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask the author, Tim Lebbon to write a guest post for my blog. So what did I want to know? What made him want to write horror? Here’s how it all started….Enjoy! Whenever I’m… Read More Author Tim Lebbon digs up his macabre writing roots ahead of the publication of his new novel Eden

Shakespeare on the Sofa: The Globe announces new digital content, free films, Mark Rylance’s ‘Shakespeare Walks’, and online support for students.

Shakespeare’s Globe has been preparing a raft of new digital content to continue to engage its audiences with Shakespeare’s works. Shakespeare & Love in Isolation will see artists, in times of solitude and from their place of sanctuary, sharing some of the greatest words ever written. The series will be released as soon as possible,… Read More Shakespeare on the Sofa: The Globe announces new digital content, free films, Mark Rylance’s ‘Shakespeare Walks’, and online support for students.

Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington

As a reader wanders through the pages of LOT they find themselves reading stories that allow them to glance a tender yet uncompromising vista of American neighbourhoods. Bryan Washington uses the back drop of Houston, Texas to beautifully capture the different shades of being that create the canopy of humanity within a city. You can… Read More Reading The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Longlist: LOT by Bryan Washington

THE WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZES 2020: And the winners are…

2020’s powerful, female-dominated line-up of Windham-Campbell Prize recipients unites a rich, international collection of writers whose challenging work explores pressing political and social themes across identity, culture and power. Now in their eighth year, the Prizes celebrate writers at every stage of their careers. In poetry prizes have been awarded to British-Indian poet Bhanu Kapil… Read More THE WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZES 2020: And the winners are…