Ralph Fiennes to direct film based on Julie Kavanagh’s biography of Nureyev

30th June 2015

With a screenplay by David Hare and Ralph Fiennes directing, the film based on Julie Kavanagh’s biography of the Russian ballet dancer and famous defector Rudolf Nureyev looks set fair to go into production next year.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/23/ralph-fiennes-to-direct-but-…

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Gavin McCrea Interview in The Irish Times

29th June 2015

Follow this link to read Gavin interviewed on his début novel, Mrs Engels, for the Irish Times. It is a novel that brilliantly imagines the true story of the elusive, illiterate Lizzie Burns, the Irish women behind Engels and the birth of communism.

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-irish-women-behind-engels-an…

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Dara O Briain Interviews Lucy Hawking as part of Stephen Hawking Documentary

22nd June 2015

Since he was a teenager, Dara O Briain has been fascinated with professor Stephen Hawking,

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Alex Bellos Cartoon

22nd June 2015

The Guardian is really backing Alex Bellos’s ‘Monday Puzzle’ strand. It has excellent new graphics. We like you in real life, Alex, but the cartoon is pretty good too! Follow this link to check it out, and see if you can solve today’s puzzle:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/22/can-you-solve-it-are-you-…

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Sunjeev Sahota Interviewed for Open Book on BBC Radio 4

22nd June 2015

Sunjeev Sahota talks to Mariella about his new novel The Year of the Runaways which tells the story of three Indian men who come to England and try to survive in a world of ill paid work and cruel employers. Follow this link to hear Sunjeev discuss how he researched this powerful account of desperate lives, and why he often snatches the chance of happiness from his characters.

Published last week, The Year of the Runaways has been reviewed widely:

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Caroline Criado-Perez Awarded OBE

18th June 2015

Caroline was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2015 birthday honours list for her campaigning for women’s rights and representation.

Caroline is a freelance journalist and feminist campaigner. She writes predominantly on feminism, and other social justice issues. She also runs her own popular blog, Week Woman, and has spoken at numerous events on the topic of feminism, women’s voices, and social media, including running a workshop on social media at the latest Women’s Aid conference.

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Elly Griffiths shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year

15th June 2015

The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths, the sixth novel in the series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, has been selected from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors over the last year, for the 2015 Award in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WH Smith and Radio Times.

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SJ Naudé visits the UK to promote The Alphabet of Birds

12th June 2015

He will be visiting the UK this month to read from his self-translated début, The Alphabet of Birds.

His first events have been confirmed below:

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Gladwin Brothers Pick up Guild of Food Writers Award

10th June 2015

The winners of the Guild of Food Writers 2015 Awards were announced on Tuesday 9th June at a reception held in Opera Holland Park with The Gladwin Brothers picking up the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food.

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Elly Griffiths shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library

8th June 2015

Elly Grififths has, once again, been short-listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

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Xiaolu Guo shows support for silenced Chinese writers in New York

8th June 2015

Last Wednesday, Xiaolu Guo joined supporters gathered at a literary protest and reading for silenced Chinese writers on the steps of the New York Public Library.

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THE LOVE SONGS OF FOXES ON BBC RADIO 4

8th June 2015

As part of The Time Being series, Amber Lee Dodd’s The Love Songs of Foxes aired on BBC Radio Four. The Time Being provides a showcase for new voices, none of whom have been previously broadcast. Previous series have brought new talent to a wider audience and provided a stepping stone for writers who have since gone on to enjoy further success both on radio and in print, such as Joe Dunthorne and Tania Hershman.

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