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News through earlier this week that Chris Riddell, author, artist, political cartoonist, is the 9th children’s laureate, his two-year term following on directly from previous laureate Malorie Blackman. The 53-year old has had a career...

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

(director Nick Barley introducing some of the highlights from this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, pic from my Flickr) Yesterday morning I was at the launch for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival programme, our...

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This October sees the publication of the autobiography of one of our most beloved figures in the entire comics biz, Stan the man Lee, with, as is his wont, a very modestly titled book, Amazing...

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Absolutely loving this! Aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti reads from one of the most famous books to come out of the great publishing houses of Ursa Minor (more popular than the Celestial...

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John and Sandra at one of our fave creative teams, Metaphrog, tell us that they will be back at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. The main programme for August is still under wraps...

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Last night saw one of the highlights of the UK’s literary science fiction scene with the Arthur C Clarke Awards ceremony taking place in Foyles in London. The winner this year was Emily St John...

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The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker, Macmillan Occult detective Harry D’Amour descends into Hell in order to rescue his lost friend Norma Paine from the clutches of Hell Priest and lead Cenobite of The order Of...

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Reviews: Guns of the Dawn

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tor Adrian Tchaikovsky is a name that has always been on the periphery of my awareness. More than once mentioned in the same sentence as authors whose work I...

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Banned books

April 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

The LA Times reports on the American Library Association‘s annual list of “Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books”, drawing on some three hundred reports of attempts by community members to have books removed from...

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I am utterly delighted to see the wonderful Ursula Le Guin and her works being celebrated at the moment – as BBC Radio 4 gives us a fascinating ┬áinterview with Ursula by Naomi Alderman (with...

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