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.
Shadow culture minister Kevin Brennan has criticised the
government for not undertaking robust research into library closures, while
vowing to hold ministers to account over the widespread axing of services.
The BBC is airing a new documentary on BBC One tonight (29th
November) about women who write crime fiction, featuring prominent crime
writers Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwell, Martina Cole, husband-and-wife
author team Nicci French, Sarah Phelps and Paula Hawkins
in interview with presenter Alan Yentob.
Writer development organisation Spread the Word is launching a
new nationwide Life Writing Prize, thanks to a donation from writer Joanna
Munro and partnership support from Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, the Royal
Society of Literature and Arvon.