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A Bookish Christmas: The Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2016

Have you ever wanted to go to a place where everything revolves around books, where you can spend a whole weekend browsing tons of second-hand bookshops all without leaving the little town you’re staying in? 890 more words

Book Festival Reviews


Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (Ebury Press, 2016)

Introduced by Oliver Balch

The 1980s children’s television show Why Don’t You? had one of the most stunningly honest slogans in television history. 755 more words

The Story Of Books

Literary Festivals and the Town of Books

Mid November and after a stunning show of autumn colour, most of the trees have now lost their leaves.  In the orchard, the apple trees reveal, among their bare branches, glossy wreathes of mistletoe, studded with glistening berries. 522 more words

Preparations and Poetry

I remained at Durham for a further three or four months after that chilly November night; I’d be at home for well over another year before I took the initiative and began my walk. 1,925 more words


On Author Voice vs Editors

What is your author voice? How do you develop it and bring it to the fore?

It’s a tricky question and one many authors struggle with. 732 more words


Three Incredible Years

All Change

September arrives and marks the change of season. Gone are those long, languid but brilliant days of summer and into the foreground the harvest comes, bringing darkening evenings which hang quietly on the brink of frost and trees curling their russet-trimmed leaves. 150 more words