Diary of the Last Man – an imaginative film portrait of, and performance from, poet Robert Minhinnick

Diary of the Last Man is an imaginative film-portrait of the writer and poet Robert Minhinnick. The brilliant new film by director Eamon Bourke will be screened at a series of special events throughout late 2017 and early 2018 , including Crickhowell Literary Festival on 5 October 2017. Each screening will be followed by a performance … Continue reading Diary of the Last Man – an imaginative film portrait of, and performance from, poet Robert Minhinnick

Paul Henry and Brian Briggs’ The Glass Aisle announced for Kenilworth Arts Festival

Poet Paul Henry and musician and frontman of Stornoway, Brian Briggs will perform their astonishing collaboration The Glass Aisle: Poems and Songs at Kenilworth Arts Festival on 18 September, in the town's Priory Theatre. Kenilworth Arts Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of the creative arts that weaves throughout the leafy setting of historic Kenilworth. The … Continue reading Paul Henry and Brian Briggs’ The Glass Aisle announced for Kenilworth Arts Festival

Good Vibrations: Mike Love and the Beach Boys at the Union Chapel

I'm lucky to do a job I'm really passionate about and one that brings me genuine fulfilment. When I recall my days as 'head of hoisery' at BHS, which essentially meant I spent my days sorting and restocking a wall of indistinguishable tan tights into neat columns day in day out under the watchful eye of … Continue reading Good Vibrations: Mike Love and the Beach Boys at the Union Chapel

Shore to Shore Tour: Celebrating Poetry & Community with the Laureate and Friends

Picador presents CELEBRATING POETRY AND COMMUNITY WITH THE LAUREATE AND FRIENDS with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, John Sampson with special guest poets 19 JUNE 2016 - 2 JULY 2016  Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude … Continue reading Shore to Shore Tour: Celebrating Poetry & Community with the Laureate and Friends

World Poetry Day 2016: Last Night’s Moon by Anne Michaels

On World Poetry Day 2016, I came across this arresting poem by Anne Michaels, from her third collection Skin Divers, during a brief pause in my day. I read her incredible Orange Prize winning novel Fugitive Pieces whilst studying Holocaust Literature at university yet all these years later only now come to read her as a poet. I remember that novel for its impact, for her ability to … Continue reading World Poetry Day 2016: Last Night’s Moon by Anne Michaels

Event: Faber New Poets 2015-2016 read together for first time at Faber Social

Last month, Faber & Faber with Arts Council England announced the recipients of the Faber New Poets scheme 2015–16, with awards going to Crispin Best, Elaine Beckett, Sam Buchan-Watts & Rachel Curzon, as well as a further eight highly commended poets. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the Faber … Continue reading Event: Faber New Poets 2015-2016 read together for first time at Faber Social

Press Release: Blink-182’s Travis Barker’s publishes memoir Can I Say this autumn

CAN I SAY Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums TRAVIS BARKER with Gavin Edwards UK Publication: 5 November 2015 (US publication 20 October 2015) £20 Hardback and Ebook, William Morrow Pre-order here Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane … Continue reading Press Release: Blink-182’s Travis Barker’s publishes memoir Can I Say this autumn

Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

Ding Ding! Round two. In ten days time, I'll be getting a train to one of the world's greatest literature festivals - Edinburgh International Book Festival - as we prepare for the festival's very own spoken word programme BABBLE ON. Babble On poet, co-programmer & co-producer Luke Wright is up there already performing 2 shows  - the magnificent What I Learned … Continue reading Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

Press Release: Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald published to mark 50th anniversary of Newport Folk Festival 1965

Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald  Published 13 August 2015, HarperCollins 360, £16.99 Hardback Order now Praise for Dylan Goes Electric! 'It is a great work of scholarship, brimming with insight – among the best music books I have ever read'. John Harris, The Guardian  'With...Wald's unswervingly measured tone, … Continue reading Press Release: Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald published to mark 50th anniversary of Newport Folk Festival 1965

From Big Ideas To Diversity: How To Plan A Successful Literary Festival – LBF 2015

Bidisha talks to Suzi Feay at LBF 2015

Attending London Book Fair as a freelancer for the first time, rather than as a publisher, meant that for me this year was all about authors & events. Neighbouring the fair's official bookseller, Foyles, English PEN's PEN Literary Salon offered an expertly curated programme of events over the 3 days including interviews with Ali Smith, Valeria … Continue reading From Big Ideas To Diversity: How To Plan A Successful Literary Festival – LBF 2015