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The August Magazine linked to some great articles: Ray Bradbury's greatest writing advice, Six Great Blogs, Everyone Needs a Editor and How to Blog a Book of Poetry.

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Whats new: 10 December 2018 - What's new 10 December 2018
  • 'I've always thought that writing poetry has very little to do with the intellect. It's not something one can explain and chat about very easily: certainly not about the making of it. It's very resistant to explanation. It comes from a place that is occult, in the sense of being hidden....

In an interesting initiative involving the London-based Hachette Children's Group (HCG), sister company Orion and 22 of their authors, they have worked together to run advertisements in their books encouraging readers to share the love of reading with children. The advertisements will run next...

Female authors have managed to avoid including bad sex scenes in their novels this year - at least according to the Literary Review, which has announced an all-male shortlist for that least-coveted of literary prizes, the Bad sex in fiction award.

"Once a day, I cast my eyes heavenward and say, ‘Thank you for Donald Trump,'" Michael Wolff said last spring.

He has good reason to thank the president. Without Trump, Wolff would not have made this year's rankings of the world's highest-paid authors.

 

In the mid-1990s, when I was a student of creative writing, there prevailed a quiet but firm admonition to avoid composing political poems. It was too dangerous an undertaking, one likely to result in didacticism and slackened craft.

The average American reads 12 or 13 books a year, but with over 3 million books in print, the choices they face are staggering.

Despite the introduction of 100,000 new titles each year, only a tiny fraction of these attract a large enough readership to make The New York Times Best Seller...

Nora K. Jemisin wants to talk about cities.

Amazon's dubious ethical employment standards are nothing new. You know the ecommerce giant is unrivalled when it comes to logistics and infrastructure. And their unscrupulous pricing strategy has long ceased to astonish - retailers simply cannot compete.

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying. -Anton Chekhov

Commentary: A poet and an editor 10 December 2018

'I've always thought that writing poetry has very little to do with the intellect. It's not something one can explain and chat about very easily: certainly not about the making of it. It's very resistant to explanation. It comes from a place that is occult, in the sense of being hidden. It...

Whats new: 26 November 2018 - What's new 26 November 2018
  • ‘Sean and I have written psychological thrillers together under the name of Nicci French for nearly 25 years now - a quarter of a century of collaborating, of entering the other's imagination and exploring the world together.

The United Kingdom may be teetering on the Brexit abyss but you, Diagram Prize voters, have plumped for European unity in the only referendum that really matters.

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