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Lockdown LitFest
An online literature and culture festival, soon to feature live-streamed and archived interviews with authors, writers, poets, thinkers, scientists and more
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Lockdown LitFest 17h
Author had two novels published on the same day: 'The Aerodynamics of Pork' and 'Ease'. The reason? "Penguin didn't want me". Luckily for Patrick, it meant a lot more publicity than first novels usually get - and a great launch party!
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Royal Society of Literature 19h
For today's , join in the fun and try to figure out these... 5 LITERARY ANAGRAMS: (Hint: All books from RSL Companions of Literature)
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Lockdown LitFest 19h
The power of interrogating the characters you write, the writer as frustrated psychotherapist, the value of risk-taking, the importance of prizes and being a critic, and the damage we do in the name of love... All covered now in 's interview.
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Lockdown LitFest 21h
At 3pm BST, talks about influencers... Not the trending type, but the ones inspiring through their formative novels rather than on Insta. That said, we'd be fascinated to see E.M Forster using Tik Tok...
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Lockdown LitFest 24h
Author admits that in their early days, many authors are showing off. As he's matured, he's found he's most effective when he's calm and conversational. The trick, he says, is for people not to notice the writing.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 5
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 4
We are big fans of Andy Stanton here at and if you haven't yet watched our interview with him then you are in for a treat. It gets funnier every time. In the meantime, what do you think of Andy's writing space?
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 4
A lot of current survival research has been known for centuries. While the fundamentals remain intact, it has often been overtaken by modern science. Here, explains why the "the will to survive" is meaningless.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 3
At one point during lockdown, flour supplies plummeted, sourdough starters were fermented, and trainers that hadn't seen the light of day were dug out from under the bed. A master of observation through verse, captures this phenomenon in his poem Jogging and Baking.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 3
Despite being bullied as a young boy – and pushed down the stairs of Ronnie Scotts in a fight about a cello as an adult – ’s career is decidedly a success story. Learn more about his journey now: .
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 3
Poet tells us how his university dissertation escalated to blessing people in the streets of Edinburgh with a nightclub mirrorball. Prepare for more similarly fabulous stories in less than an hour, at 3pm BST.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 3
What has been your experience of working from home? Kids interrupting calls? The constant temptation to ditch work and watch an interview instead? has distilled the energy of working from home into this poem, Working From Home.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 3
Last week featured interviews with , and . This week, we welcome , Ann MacMillan and . Links will be provided via our social media accounts: tune in.
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Lockdown LitFest Aug 1
We interviewed in June and she did not disappoint. She is exactly the person we want to be – funny, fashionable, ambitious and downright lovely! We’ve been eyeing up her personal book stack shelfie. How many have you read?
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Lockdown LitFest Jul 31
'The Turtle Secret' is one of 's children's books. It tells the story of an Emirati girl's mission to save the turtles. It's one of her books that grapples with the role of women in Emirati culture. She tells us about the research here.
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Lockdown LitFest Jul 31
Our interview with joins our exciting catalogue of children's authors. Talking to us from the UAE, Julia shares how her storytelling career started and flourished in an Emirati environment. Watch now.
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Lockdown LitFest Jul 31
Gather the kids, they'll love this snippet from 'Lizard and Toad'. 's lively voice really makes the characters jump (and somersault!) off the page. Consider the pictures a reward for buying the book and join us for more at 3pm BST.
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Edinburgh Book Fest Jul 31
The 2020 Book Festival online programme is here!🤩 🗓️15-31 Aug 🖥️140 events for adults and children, live and free via our website 📚‘Keep the Conversation Going’ with some of the world’s top writers, thinkers, and performers 🔎Full programme:
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Julia Johnson Jul 31
Looking forward to my interview with for the this afternoon 3.00p.m. BST, 6/00p.m. GST
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Lockdown LitFest Jul 31
Arriving in Dubai in 1975, was fascinated by pearl divers. She looked for written stories, but the Arab storytelling tradition is often oral, so she didn't find much. This gave Julia a window: the rest is a 23-book history. More at 3pm BST.
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