Jonathan Jones in the Christmas Picks

10th December 2013

Jonathan Jones’s The Loves of the Artists chosen in 3 Book of the Year Lists this week: the Observer, the Telegraph and the Spectator.

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The Transmission Prize

9th December 2013

Following her shortlisting for the Costa Biography Award, and her strong showing in Christmas round-ups of ‘Books of the Year’ for The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing has been shortlisted for the Salon London Transmission Prize.

Launched in 2008, Salon London showcases passionate experts from the worlds of science, psychology and the arts with a focus on fresh perspectives and new experiences.This award is given in recognition of the value of certain ideas and the work that speakers do to get them to an audience.

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The Pick of the Bunch

6th December 2013

Outstanding success across the press for DB Miller’s Norwegian by Night in the end of year editor’s picks:

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The Jan Rabie and Marjorie Wallace Bursary for 2014

3rd December 2013

We are thrilled to announce that S.J.(Fanie) Naudé has been awarded the Jan Rabie & Marjorie Wallace Bursary for 2014.

The much sought after bursary of R350,000 (approx £20,600) is the largest of its kind in support of creative writing projects in Afrikaans, and the competition was duly intense.

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Laing Short-listed for Costa Book Award

27th November 2013

We are thrilled to announce that Olivia Laing, author of The Trip To Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, has been nominated for The 2013 Costa Biography Award.

The Costa Book Awards recognise the “most enjoyable books” in five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Olivia joins Thomas Harding, Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Gavin Francis on the short-list, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in January.

Photo Credit: Chris Boland (www.bolandactorheadshots.co.uk).

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The Infinite Monkey Cage

25th November 2013

Claudia Hammond, psychologist, presenter and author of Time Warped, will join Brian Cox and David Ince as a guest on the BBC’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. Listen in as they take us on a walk through the doors of perception; the nature of consciousness, the secret messages hidden in pop songs and the problem of objectivity.

Monday 25th at 4.30pm on Radio 4, repeated on Tuesday at 11pm.

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Corbett for Irish Novel of the Year

5th November 2013

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 shortlist, announced in Dublin today, features a diverse array of acclaimed writers including Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, Michael Harding, Darina Allen, Donal Ryan, Frank McGuinness and, our very own, Gavin Corbett for his stunning novel about a modern-day Traveller born to a powerful, mythic inheritance, This is the Way.

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Happy Halloween!

31st October 2013

Rebecca Stott’s Ghostwalk is one of the Independent’s top ten ghost stories:

Intelligent and unnerving, this tale of the friend of an academic investigating her death focuses on the dead woman’s obsession with Sir Isaac Newton and his alchemic past. A feat of historical fiction.”

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2013 Internet and Society Award

31st October 2013

Chris Lintott has been awarded the 2013 Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute, in recognition of his exemplary effort to use the Internet for the public good.His book on crowdsourcing will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2015.

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Free Word ‘Weather Stations’ Writer in Residence

29th October 2013

A ground-breaking global project combining literature and climate change.

Xiaolu Guo, one of Granta’s best of young British novelists and author of A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers, has been shortlisted alongside Inua Elams, the Nigerian born poet, playwright and performer and North-East based writer artist Stevie Ronnie, as the Free Word Weather Stations Writer in Residence.

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