Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Crime Writing led by Simon Brett 9 October, 10am - 1pm Library of Birmingham As part of Birmingham Literature Festival Simon Brett, author of the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels, will lead a Masterclass on crimewriting.
Writing from Life: How to Unearth Your Novel Outside the Study led by Andrew O'Hagan 30 October, 12.45pm – 3.45pm Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool As part of Liverpool Literary Festival Andrew O'Hagan, one of the most exciting and serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain will lead a Masterclass on writing fiction.
Congratulations to A.L. Kennedy (pictured) and J.M. Coetzee, two of the 12 authors longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 13 September.
The (rather long) Not the Booker longlist, from the Guardian, has also been announced with over 100 books nominated. You can vote for up to two books to make the shortlist visit the Guardian's website for more information. The deadline is 23.59 on 14 August. The contenders include: Rachel Cusk, China Miéville, Edna O’Brien, Francis Spufford and Graham Swift.