Thu, 04/10/2012 - 09:17
A new sponsorship deal for the Women's Prize for Fiction, previously the Orange Prize, has been signed, with the identity of the sponsor set to be announced next week.
The prize's co-founder and honorary director Kate Mosse said the news, which was originally expected in late September, will be revealed on Tuesday (9th...
Mon, 13/08/2012 - 08:07
Apple has held talks with the organisers of the Women's Prize for Fiction with a view to sponsoring the award, the Telegraph reports.
Thu, 31/05/2012 - 09:54
A debut novel has won the Orange Prize for Fiction for the second year running, with US author Madeline Miller scooping the £30,000 award for The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury).
At the prize ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall last night (30th May), chair of the judges Joanna Trollope called the novel—...
Tue, 13/03/2012 - 10:00
Shadow culture minister MP Dan Jarvis has warned Ed Vaizey risks becoming the “Dr Beeching” of libraries as the culture minister prepares to give evidence at the DCMS select enquiry and library campaigners make their way to a mass rally in London.
In a speech Jarvis intends to give at the Methodist Central Hall rally this...
Mon, 21/11/2011 - 09:20
"Super Tuesday", "Triumphant Thursday", whatever the soubriquet (or not!), there’s always a moment when Christmas proper starts and all eyes are on the charts. This year, not having a book out, I’ve been watching the circus from the sidelines. Before the advent of published weekly sales figures, the nerves...
Mon, 10/10/2011 - 09:43
In early September, the new publishing venture Unbound—set up by John Mitchinson, Justin Pollard and Dan Kiernan—held the literary equivalent of an open mic night at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, west London. Twelve authors each had five minutes to pitch the idea for a book they wanted to write.
Since launching at the...
Fri, 05/08/2011 - 12:00
Last Friday I cut the ribbon and opened a new library in Southsea, Hampshire. At a time when many libraries are under the threat of closure, the transformation of a former Woolworths is a sign of possibility, of joined-up thinking, of an attempt to refashion what libraries are and how they fit within the community.
As well as being a...
Fri, 11/02/2011 - 16:00
It’s February now, but the song remains the same—the attack on our national library services, the lunacy of short-term financial decisions being taken without thought to the long-term cultural consequences.
Has anything changed since December? Actually yes—quite a lot. Although the situation is perilous still, we...
Fri, 04/02/2011 - 09:05
The nation is gearing up for the first Save Our Libraries day on Saturday (5th February), with around 80 events planned around the UK and “hundreds of thousands” of supporters thought to be backing the cause.
Authors Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse, G P Taylor, Julia Donaldson and Mary Hoffman will be among the authors ...
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 10:04
A casual reference on "Question Time", a few lines in the Guardian, in the company of Philip Pullman and Will Self, a 90-second film viewed by a handful of people. The result?
An avalanche of emails and letters—from library users in their 80s and their teens, students who go to do their homework, those struggling to read...