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INTERVIEW – MIGUEL SYJUCO
June 7, 2010 – 12:43 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MIGUEL SYJUCO

by John Syfret

Miguel Syjuco cuts a trim and dapper figure when I meet him, dressed in light chinos and collared shirt, he is at ease in the sweltering heat of a glass-topped room in King’s …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET
June 7, 2010 – 10:26 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET

by Adam E. Smith
The basement at the Leicester Square Theatre has been transformed into a cheap garden centre. Black and white chessboard lino, limp hanging plants and a trickling water feature decorate the tiny space. …

NEWS – STOKE NEWINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL 4TH-6TH JUNE
June 3, 2010 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

This is the blurb on the upcoming Stoke Newington Literary Festival, which looks well worth checking out this weekend:
It celebrates the area’s long and influential literary history and hopes to keep the spirit of radical …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – BOOKISH PEOPLE
May 28, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Lee
When you can buy books from aisle 2 of your weekly supermarket sweep, why bother going into a bookshop? Or why can’t you just go on Amazon?
A regime change at Waterstones is planning …

Underwood: Interview with Toby Litt
May 21, 2010 – 9:58 am | No Comment
Underwood: Interview with Toby Litt

by Katy Darby

Do you like short stories? Do you remember vinyl? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then you, sir or madam, are the target audience for the quirky, cool and …

Questions by Alexander Starritt
May 11, 2010 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

Crompton was about to be assaulted with questions like the one that had undone his predecessor. Someone had asked why there weren’t enough helicopters to provide air cover for the boys in Helmand. He hadn’t …

CARTOON – RANDOM QUESTION TIME
May 11, 2010 – 12:09 pm | No Comment
CARTOON – RANDOM QUESTION TIME

By Becky Fawcett

INSIDE PUBLISHING – A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
May 11, 2010 – 11:56 am | No Comment
INSIDE PUBLISHING – A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK

Books take time to make. As you will know from all those doomed university essays (why is 2,000 words so many?), word counts are pesky things and books need at least 30,000. We also need …

COMPETITION – UNDERWOOD LIMITED EDITION VINYL
May 6, 2010 – 7:28 am | No Comment

UNDERWOOD have given us two very cool and beautifully designed vinyl records to give away. Info is below.
For your chance to win, just email
tristan.summerscale@notesfromtheunderground.co.uk
(aka the world’s longest email address) by the end of this week …

Interview – Learn Something Every Day
May 5, 2010 – 5:20 am | No Comment
Interview – Learn Something Every Day

What a lovely idea from some lovely people. Every day visitors to their site send them facts, and they pick one to turn into an illustration. Manchester based design agency Young have signed a deal …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – PAPER RULES
April 30, 2010 – 6:13 am | No Comment

Paper rules.
I’m not talking about in books themselves – digital is coming, get used to it – I’m talking about in publishing. In the office. In our daily working lives.

INTERVIEW – ALICE AIKEN, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CULTURE ADVISER
April 25, 2010 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

By NFTU Arts Features Editor Michael Amherst

1. There seems to be some disagreement within the frontbench team on which department’s budgets are ring-fenced; Vince Cable has said no departmental budget is ring-fenced whilst David …

COMPETITION – GQ AND NORMAN MAILER COLONY
April 25, 2010 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

2nd February 2010; British GQ magazine and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony announce a new annual competition for non-fiction writing.
The winner will be invited to spend a month at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, …

NEWS – BRIGHTON SHORT FICTION EVENT
April 25, 2010 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

Literary Event: May 13th. RedRoaster, Brighton. 7.45pm-10pm.
GritLit does the Brighton Festival…
Following on from previous sold out events, Brighton’s grittiest literary night returns with a Festival fringe event on May 13th forjust a fiver!

INSIDE PUBLISHING – GETTING A PUBLISHER
April 13, 2010 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

The writer’s road from initial idea to book-in-hand-of-reader is long and arduous. But we have come to the end of the beginning of the ‘Inside Publishing’ mini-series on How One Gets Published.

INTERVIEW – PAUL MURRAY
April 12, 2010 – 6:57 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – PAUL MURRAY

by Tristan Summerscale

Paul Murray’s latest novel, Skippy Dies, could not have come out at a more relevant time in terms of some of the dark subject matter that it discusses. Set …

INTERVIEW – JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 6:43 am | No Comment
INTERVIEW – JOE MENO

By Adam Smith
The Great Perhaps is Joe Meno’s fifth novel, but his first to be published in the UK. NFTU caught up with Meno, who teaches as well as practices creative writing, to discuss …

BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 4:44 am | No Comment
BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO

by Adam Smith
Joe Meno describes his fifth novel as “an argument on behalf of complexity”. It is a curious, albeit common, challenge for a writer to set himself: to write a book that is not …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara
April 9, 2010 – 5:00 am | One Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Eschara

Review by Adam Smith at the Union Theatre
While the political and moral merits of the so-called war on terror still inspire fierce argument, one gain is undisputed: the controversial conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have …

20 MINUTE STORY – TOAST
April 8, 2010 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
20 MINUTE STORY – TOAST

By Cynthia Allen
There is surely no more poignant sight than that of a dead woman’s clothes, hanging disconsolately, waiting for their inevitable eviction.