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192 posts about Books on this blog

  1. The dangers of operating too close to home

    Friday 3 August 2012, 11:11

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    I had an email recently from an aspiring novelist wondering if there were problems about setting your story in a real place. The answer is: well not so much the place, as places rarely sue for defamation of character. But the people living there... well...

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  2. First, unwrap your truffle...

    Thursday 26 July 2012, 11:15

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    "Don't bite... savour it, roll it around in your mouth. There are places on the tongue that taste only sweet and places that taste only bitter or salt or sour... Caress it in your mouth, and you'll be amazed at what you taste..."

    That is from The Initiation Of Ms Holly by KD Grace, an erotic novel....

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  3. The Writers' Spring: a revolution in the ebook world

    Wednesday 18 July 2012, 15:40

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    No avoiding it any more. There's a revolution in the book world.

    Let's call it The Writers' Spring.

    Here's one of the leaders now, professing "a livid frustration with the self-serving, ivory-towered London publishing and agent elites who have been deluding themselves for so many years that they are...

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  4. Angharad Price: Steig Larsson and the Quercus connection

    Friday 13 July 2012, 10:15

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    The late Steig Larsson has sold an estimated 60 million books worldwide, a good proportion of them in the UK. Which is a lot more than Angharad Price... so far.

    OK, three massive, complex, violent Swedish thrillers don't have too much in common with a very slim...

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  5. Want to be a bestselling children's author? First, buy your parrot...

    Thursday 5 July 2012, 13:30

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    If you were thinking of doing a children's book on the basis that you could be the new JK Rowling, there's something you need to know.

    In the 15 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out, several authors have been hailed as the new JKR.

    Go on, name one...

    Hmm, thought not. Basically...

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  6. Martin Amis: success, other people and the state of literature

    Friday 29 June 2012, 11:30

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Sometimes you could get the idea that Martin Amis is not the most popular man to have come out of Swansea.

    In the past few days, I've mentioned him to a writer, a publisher and a literary agent. In each case, you'd have thought we were discussing a particularly inventive serial killer.

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  7. Literature festivals in Wales this weekend

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 16:01

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Love literature? Love summer festivals? Well you're in for a treat this weekend as three different literary events are taking place in Wales.

    First up is the inaugural Dinefwr Literary Festival that takes place across the weekend in the picturesque setting of the National Trust's Dinefwr Park and Castle...

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  8. Dylan Thomas' probate record shows £100 left to Caitlin

    Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:56

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    It's news that perhaps won't surprise many people given his penchant for a small dram or two but the will of Dylan Thomas, which has been now been published online, reveals that the Welsh poet left very little wealth behind him after his death.

    Genealogy website ancestry.co.uk has published the wills...

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  9. Jenny Sullivan wins 2012 Tir na n-Og award with Full Moon

    Tuesday 22 May 2012, 11:38

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Welsh children's author Jenny Sullivan has scooped the 2012 Tir na n-Og English language award for her novel Full Moon.

    The author, who was born in Cardiff and lived in Raglan in Monmouthshire for many years, moved to Brittany in 2004. She often returns to...

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  10. Laugharne Weekend 2012 begins

    Thursday 12 April 2012, 16:36

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    One of Wales' most intimate literary events begins tomorrow as the Laugharne Weekend returns for its sixth year.

    The annual event takes place in the "timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town" that was home to Dylan Thomas during the 1930s and 40s.

    It was in Laugharne that the author's relationship...

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  11. Hay Literature Festival 2012 line-up revealed

    Tuesday 10 April 2012, 16:04

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    The full line-up for the 2012 Hay Literature Festival, which runs from 31 May to 10 June, has been announced.

    Big name highlights at the 10-day festival festival include veteran American actor, singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, who will present her...

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  12. Children's literature festival planned for 2013

    Thursday 22 March 2012, 11:45

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Children's author Jacqueline Wilson has signed up to take part in the inaugural Cardiff Children's Literature Festival, which takes place between Wednesday 20 March and Sunday 24 March 2013.

    The event is being organised by Literature Wales, Cardiff Council, Cardiff...

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  13. Cerys Matthews joins Dylan Thomas Prize judging panel

    Thursday 15 March 2012, 14:38

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Welsh singer, songwriter and children's book author Cerys Matthews has been announced as one of three new judges for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Matthews joins Guardian literary journalist Nicholas Wroe and Media Wales columnist Carolyn Hitt as the new faces on the judging panel,which also consists...

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  14. Marc Evans and Owen Sheers at Filmclub literacy day

    Thursday 1 March 2012, 12:14

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Today not only marks St David's Day in Wales but also World Book Day, the annual celebration of books and reading.

    Earlier this week school children from across Wales took part in a literacy and film event, Mission Possible, with Welsh stars Owen Sheers and director Marc Evans at the Millennium Stadium...

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  15. RD Blackmore and the Maid of Sker

    Friday 27 January 2012, 12:30

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Mention the name RD Blackmore and most literally-minded individuals will probably reply "Lorna Doone". Set in the Devon countryside, Lorna Doone was the Victorian novelist's most famous and most popular book.

    However, what many people do not know was that this gentle...

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  16. Welsh rugby stars are the faces of World Book Day in Wales

    Wednesday 25 January 2012, 15:28

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    Wales rugby internationals George North and Rhys Priestland have been chosen as the faces of World Book Day 2012 in Wales.

    The players, who both play for west Wales regional team the Scarlets, are currently undergoing a rigorous training camp in Poland in the run up to the Six Nations tournament.

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  17. A creature of the night

    Monday 23 January 2012, 12:01

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    One evening last week, I stopped in the little rural town of Presteigne, in Powys, just on dusk... and one of those timeshifts occurred.

    It's a phenomenon best evoked on TV, when the picture goes into black and white and you see men in ankle-length macs and women with pins through their hats, and the...

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  18. Charles Dickens and the limited Welsh connection

    Friday 20 January 2012, 10:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Charles Dickens is probably the most famous and best-loved British novelist ever to have lived. In a relatively short life - he was born on 7 February 1812 and died on 9 June 1870 - he produced a series of novels and stories that have remained popular to this day. And while many of them are rooted in...

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  19. Dinefwr Park and Castle to host new literature festival

    Thursday 5 January 2012, 12:31

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    West Wales will enjoy a new literature festival this summer set in the beautiful surroundings of Dinefwr Park and Castle in Llandeilo.

    The Dinefwr Literature Festival is a collaboration between Literature Wales, the National Trust, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

    The new bilingual...

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  20. Virtually open warfare...

    Wednesday 14 December 2011, 12:44

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    No! Never!

    Like, what's the point? I don't need one. And it's just a passing fad, anyway, like the personal-organiser and the mini-disc. And why would I want another charger to add to the 26 I already have and can't remember what most of them are for? Besides, think how many paperbacks you can get for...

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