192 posts about Books on this blog
Friday 27 December 2013, 09:00
It’s now 40 years since The Exorcist hit the big screen and was promptly banned by local authorities all over the UK because of its graphic scenes of demonic possession.
Friday 20 December 2013, 11:53
You look in a bookshop window and there they all are, the characters who live forever on the sales charts. Currently, you’ll find it’s James Bond and Bertie Wooster.
Even the ones who are officially dead can’t be counted on to stay that way.
Friday 13 December 2013, 12:35
Real-life cops might generally be more efficient these days but, for writers of crime fiction, where the rule book tends to get discarded, policing is just not as much fun.
Friday 6 December 2013, 14:19
It was Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, who said, 'Why did it take you so long?' He meant writing a novel set in Hay-on-Wye.
Friday 29 November 2013, 16:08
It's 10 years since The Da Vinci Code was first published, which coincides with the publication of The Camelot Code and the return of Phil the Shelf to BBC Radio Wales.
Monday 11 November 2013, 12:42
The ancient myths of the Mabinogion are firmly rooted in the Welsh national identity, offering a mystical glimpse of the medieval Celtic myth cycle and how life in this land may once have been for our ancestors.
Monday 19 August 2013, 13:13
Would-be novelists are always told: write what you know. What this actually means is that you have to look like you really know what you're writing about. Which can lead to interesting situations.
Tuesday 13 August 2013, 09:54
Next year marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth, and there is a raft of exciting events scheduled throughout the year to commemorate Swansea's most famous son.
Monday 12 August 2013, 09:00
We decided to devote a full programme in the series to funny fiction.
Monday 5 August 2013, 13:54
OK, I haven't yet read JK Rowling's pseudonymous crime novel... but in one way it looks very much like good news. The title, anyway, The Cuckoo's Calling.
Monday 29 July 2013, 11:03
Let's face it: if it wasn't for God, being an atheist would be no fun at all.
Thursday 25 July 2013, 16:57
Wales has produced many interesting and unusual individuals over the years but none was more bizarre and arguably more mysterious than the writer Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard.
Monday 22 July 2013, 12:11
Wanna be a published novelist? You know... properly published, by a real publisher? That situation where the book is printed on actual paper and the only handover of money is from the publisher to you?
Tuesday 16 July 2013, 14:40
Crime writers who turn detective always do well on TV - particularly in the US. But in real life, of course... Well, actually, in real life it happens, too.
Friday 5 July 2013, 12:23
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Gwyn Thomas, one of Wales' greatest writers in the medium of English.
Thursday 13 June 2013, 15:57
The idea for a watered down version of Shakespeare had been in Bowdler's mind for years, ever since his own father had first read him the plays during his childhood.
Thursday 9 May 2013, 13:48
A new production of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood will reach a very different audience this week as characters including Dai Bread, Cherry Owen and Captain Cat take to Twitter for a performance.
Sunday 28 April 2013, 09:00
Say "Laugharne" and most people immediately think of Dylan Thomas and his home at the Boat House. But Thomas was not the only writer to live in the west Wales village.
Wednesday 17 April 2013, 16:54
This year marks a century since the birth of the celebrated Welsh poet and priest RS Thomas. Famed for his uncompromising and often stark representations of religion and the Welsh landscape, Thomas was also passionate about the Welsh nationalist cause and a fan of the visual arts.
Thursday 4 April 2013, 11:45
Celebrated pop artist Sir Peter Blake, columnist and author Caitlin Moran and songstress Beth Orton are just some of the guests who will be heading to Laugharne this weekend for its seventh festival of literature and music.
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