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Amazon Launch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Short Story Competition

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Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas! Read More

Phillip Pullman Explains His Influences and Inspiration

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Phillip Pullman’s new addition to the His Dark Materials series comes not a moment too soon for fans of his writing. The first book in the newest trilogy The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, was due for release on the 19th of October 2017 but had an accidental early release 15 days before its due date. 

Pullman described the book as not a prequel, but an equel. A series not to stand before or after the novels that concluded in 2005, but ones that will stand beside them. The stories follow “the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation, which wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free”.

Pullman spoke to the media about his inspiration behind his well-loved stories, and what has influenced his writing and characters over the years.

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The Blank Page

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It’s a lovely evening. The sun is about to set. There is a beautiful breeze flowing. You have a cup of your favourite coffee beside you. Your laptop is in your hand (or a pen if you prefer). You are all set to let your creativity flow. You touch your pen to paper and…..

Stare at it! For a long time… Read More

21 Words Book Lovers Will Appreciate

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As we suspect you rather like reading, and you possibly enjoy a decent word now and again, we have collated some fun and interesting words for your perusal. You may notice they are not all to an OED standard, in fact a few may not even be English at all, but they are nonetheless fairly exciting and ultimately satisfying to any book lover.

Take a look at our slideshow of some bookish words to tickle your fancy…

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Become a Fortune Teller to the World!

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Do you wait in anticipation for that delicious, crunchy, golden brown treat at the end of a Chinese meal? Do you believe that a 2 line message is going to change your world? Well, if yes, you aren’t the only one.

Most people love the nutty, butter flavoured fortune cookies offered at many Chinese restaurants across the world. And the messages inside them are sometimes taken very seriously. Personally, I am really disappointed if my Chinese meal does not end with a fortune cookie. Read More