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Vita and Virginia, The Love Affair, in Cinemas Soon!

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The story of the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West finally hits the big screen. In February 2017, yes more than 2 years ago, we brought you the news that the story of the love affair between literary icon Virginia Woolf and socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West was to be portrayed in a new movie.
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Watch the trailer for the Artemis Fowl movie adaptation here

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Artemis Fowl is an eight book series of young adult science-fiction fantasy novels by Eoin Colfer, featuring the criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II. The book series is described by the author as ‘Die Hard with fairies’.

The novels follow a 12-year old prodigy dedicated to criminal pursuits, and his escapades as the frontman of his family business. The tales follow the ‘good vs evil’ trope, but played with in a light-hearted manner.

A movie adaptation has been in the works since 2016, with fans of the playful and fast-paced novels eager to see what it’s like on the big screen. The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh, and is set to star Ferdia Shaw as Artemis, Lara McDonnell as Holly, and Nonso Anozie as Domovoi Butler, among others!

Check out the trailer below.

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8 Books by Trans and Non-Binary Authors for Pride Month

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The month of June is Pride Month and while the first Pride was a riot (quite literally), the event has become a celebration of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and so to celebrate we’ve put together a list of books by trans, non-binary, and non-gender conforming authors for your TBR!

The month of June was chosen to mark the Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in the early hours of June 28th, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement. Read More

Lemn Sissay Awarded the PEN Pinter Prize

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The poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has won the PEN Pinter Prize, which was established in 2009 in memory of the Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter. It is awarded annually to British writers whose writing features courage and determination, while shining truth on our lives and societies.

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Big Issue Founder Wants to Start a ‘Reading Revolution’ with New Magazine

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John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue, is launching a new literary magazine that will be released every quarter that aims to start, as he put it, a ‘reading revolution’. Called The Chapter-Catcher, the magazine will include chapters, extracts and poems from a wide variety of writers. Chapter-Catcher will launch on June 13 with a conversation between Bird and British writer, actor, and comedian, Stephen Fry.

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Sayyida Salme: the rebel princess who became a writer

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Sayyida Salme was born the youngest of 36 children born to a Circassian concubine and the Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman. Growing up in a palace may seem like luxury but Salme’s childhood was far from peaceful. In a time when women were not permitted to read and write, a young Salme used a bleached camel shoulder blade bone to copy and secretly practice her letters and numbers. Her brothers taught her to ride and shoot, and soon she could compete with any of her siblings.

After her father’s death in 1856, Salme’s older brother, Majid, inherited the throne but after a revolution broke out between Majid and her other brother, Barghash, Salme had to make a choice.

Convinced by her favourite sister to help support their brother Barghash, Salme soon became his general secretary. It became clear that Barghash’s insurrection was fleeting and it ended sooner than expected, prompting Salme to surrender to the new sultan, her rebel brother, losing the support of the majority of her 36 siblings.

These complicated circumstances motivated Salme to move away from her family to a town where she eventually met her German lover, Rudolph Heinrich Ruete, a merchant.

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‘Looking For Alaska’ release date has been announced by Hulu

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Looking For Alaska, a 2005 young adult novel by John Green, is being made into a television adaptation courtesy of Hulu.

The air date was announced at the “Hulu Presents John Green’s Looking for Alaska” panel at BookCon by executive producer Josh Schwartz. He was joined on the panel by author of Looking For Alaska John Green, screenwriter Stephanie Savage, actors Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer, and panel moderator Akilah Hughes.

Schwartz ended the panel’s chat with the exciting announcement that the eight-episode adaptation of Looking For Alaska will be coming to our screens on October 18th this year.

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First Trailer for The Goldfinch Adaptation is Here

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It’s a full eighteen months since we brought you the news that The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was getting a movie adaptation, with Ansel Elgort starring and it finally looks as though the project is coming to fruition.

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel about loss, survival and what it means to let go is loved by critics and spent over thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list upon its launch in 2013.

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