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Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 Shortlist Announced

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual award for young writers and is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under and is named after the quintessential young writer, Dylan Thomas. The prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is available to writers around the world. Read More

First Full Trailer of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Doesn’t Shy from Political Parallels

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When activists arrived at Texas Senate Chambers last week to oppose two anti-choice bills dressed in full red robes as homage to The Handmaid’s Tale it was hard not to draw parallels between the events that start the horrors in the dystopian novel, and the reality of politics right now.

If you were in any doubt then the full trailer of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale should push that away as producers promise to bring all the gritty events in the book to life. Read More

Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Howl by Allen Ginsburg (and how it was seized on grounds of obscenity)

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On 25th March, 1957 US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsburg’s poem Howl on grounds of obscenity, securing the poem’s place in cult classic history. The ensuing events saw City Lights Bookstore owner, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsburg arrested as both played the ‘I’m Spartacus’ role of both claiming to be the author. The pair were charged with disseminating obscene literature and both were arrested with a court case to follow. Read More

8 Books for Mum this Mother’s Day

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And it’s parody books leading sales

With Mother’s Day this weekend everyone is trying to get their slice of the Mother’s Day sales and the selection of books featuring in Mother’s Day displays in independent bookshops up and down the country is plentiful.

Bookshops have some great ideas for book gifts this Mother’s Day but it’s the parody books that are stealing a big slice of the market. Read More

Regional Award for The Big Comfy Bookshop

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The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry is exactly as the name suggests. An independent bookshop café, the store is warm and welcoming and a firm favourite of For Reading Addict’s Shan, and clearly she’s not the only one as the shop has picked up a regional award.

What’s On Magazine has named The Big Comfy Bookshop Best Independent Coffee Shop/Café in Coventry & Warwickshire, proving that books and coffee go together perfectly! Read More