Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 - Shortlist

8th May 2013

It has just been announced that Adam Marek, winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, has been short-listed for this year’s Edge Hill Prize. Now in its seventh year, the Edge Hill Prize is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories.

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World Book Night

24th April 2013

Last night Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair was one of twenty titles to have 25,000 copies gifted out across England and Ireland for World Book Night 2013.

World Book Night is a yearly celebration of reading and books, that encourages tens of thousands of passionate volunteers to share their love of reading within their communities by handing out free copies of specially chosen and printed books. Follow this think to find out more, and get involved.

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Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award

18th April 2013

Gavin Corbett is one of 5 short-listed authors for the 2013 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award announced last night at Dublin’s Mansion House. The award was adjudicated this year by Robert McCrum, Observer Associate Editor and former editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, together with poet and playwright, Rita Ann Higgins.

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Best Of Young British Novelists

16th April 2013

Xiaolu Guo and Sunjeev Sahota have been selected for Granta’s prestigious Best Of Young British Novelists. Published every ten years, the issue collects new work by twenty writers who represent the future of literature in Britain. The magazine is out now.

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Cambridge Wordfest

10th April 2013

Visit Cambridge Wordfest on 12/13/14 April and immerse yourself in a literary world filled with everything from fiction to history, science to philosophy and travel to current affairs.

Tim Radford will be taking to the stage with Richard Fortey, to talk about Richard’s book,The Earth,for The Guardian Science Book Club. There will also be workshops from Olivia Laing and Alok Jha, and a début author panel event by Jack Wolf.

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A Bach Marathon

28th March 2013

John Eliot Gardiner will be celebrating his 70th birthday with a Bach marathon at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On the 1st April, over nine hours, he will conduct his own Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists and introduce leading performers in Bach chamber and solo works.

The Royal Albert Hall’s Eastertide Bach Marathon will be broadcast on Radio 3, with a supporting documentary shown 2 days previously, on the 30th March, on BBC2.

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Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture 2013

12th March 2013

Dr Adam Rutherfod, author of Creation: The Origin and The Future of Life, is to present this year’s Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture.

With a special guest introduction from Stephen Mangan, Adam will discuss how, after four billion years of evolution, and a century of taking cells apart to find out how they work, we have a pretty robust understanding of DNA, evolution and the mechanics of life, and the way scientists are just beginning to put them back together to do two things: recreate the origin of life, and invent new lifeforms to kick-start a global industrial revolution.

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Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body

25th February 2013

Dr Kevin Fong talks about his first book ‘Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body’.

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From Our Own Correspondent

18th February 2013

This week on BBC Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ programme,Tim Butcher meets up with an old friend and Kosovan refugee, who brings back memories of time spent together in the former war zone.

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An Amateur Against the Impossible

14th January 2013

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian and amateur pianist, set himself the seemingly impossible task of conquering Chopin’s Ballade in G Minor, described as ‘one of the hardest pieces in the repertoire’, in just one year. This video is a short introduction to his endeavour. PLAY IT AGAIN: An Amateur Against the Impossible, his full account of this inspiring and unbelievable feat, will be published by Jonathan Cape tomorrow.

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