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

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…

Edmund de Waal’s Library of Exiled writers goes on display at The British Museum

Library of exile, the acclaimed installation by British artist and author Edmund de Waal featuring 2,000 books by exiled writers from Ovid to the present day is presented at the British Museum from 12 March – 8 September 2020. The temporary pavilion is designed as a place of dialogue and contemplation, with visitors encouraged to… Read More Edmund de Waal’s Library of Exiled writers goes on display at The British Museum

What have you got on your book shelves?: Author J.T. Nicholas shares his top 10 sci-fi reads

Recently I reviewed the sci-fi novel Re-coil and loved it. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask the author, J.T. Nicholas to write a guest post for my blog. So what did I want to know? What are his top 10 sci-fi books of course! So here are his choices. Enjoy! It’s… Read More What have you got on your book shelves?: Author J.T. Nicholas shares his top 10 sci-fi reads

Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith – Hell hath no fury like a Librarian missing a book

I had a lot of fun reading The Library of the Unwritten. It is a tale of a library in hell and the souls that live within it. Within a few pages I found myself being dragged along the hallways of Hell in the wake of a truly formidable librarian called Claire on the hunt… Read More Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith – Hell hath no fury like a Librarian missing a book

Book Review: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne – Classic Romance & Modern Sci-fi Are A Match made in the Heavens!

*Spoiler Alert* After the first paragraph of this review I will talk about elements of the plot that might spoil things a little but will not spoil the ending *SpoilerAlert* Princess Leonie Kolburg (don’t call her that. She hates being called that!) Or Leo for short is an eighteen year old heir to a faded… Read More Book Review: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne – Classic Romance & Modern Sci-fi Are A Match made in the Heavens!