As the first graphic novel ever to make it onto the Man Booker Prize long list, Sabrina explores the nastier side of conspiracies
Frank Radcliffe-Adams reviews ‘Hold’ a debut novel written by Michael Donkor, an Observer New Face for Fiction 2018, and published by 4th Estate
Julia De Miguel re-examines the treatment of female writers and characters after her Spanish Literature course sidelined women poets on their syllabus.
Last week, the 2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry were awarded at the Royal Festival Hall, London. They are the most coveted awards in British poetry, with past winners including Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Carol Anne Duffy. This year saw the £10,000 first place prize for Best Collection awarded to 29 year-old Danez Smith, making […]
Get to know the novels in the running for this year’s prestigious fiction award and their authors
Gurnaik Johal picks out highlights from the upcoming Manchester Literature Festival and looks ahead to an exciting season of literary events
Gurnaik Johal explores the issues surrounding reading and misreading race after a character in one of his stories was incorrectly assumed to be white
Who says books can’t be works of art?
After reading James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 book, Margherita Concina gives her thoughts on race and politics
Daisy Lester shares her thoughts on the chat show host’s appearance at the Manchester Literature Festival, discussing his new book, The Keeper
A recent change to The Women’s Prize for Fiction entry requirements means that the publishers of the 16 long listed books will need to pay a fee of £1000
Sally Rooney has been getting a lot of hype. Urussa Malik reads her latest novel, Normal People, to find out how such a comparatively young writer (she’s written two best-selling books by the age of 26) has been so successful.
Established in 2013, The Goldsmiths Prize aims to celebrate and reward fiction which “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form”. With an annual prize of £10,000, and an impressive list of past winners, the winning novel must be a well-crafted piece of dynamic long-form fiction. One of my favourite novels, Eimear […]
On the 6th September, the 2017/18 MA Creative Writing class launched The Manchester Anthology VI at HOME. At the event, the writers read small sections of their work, showcasing a wide range of styles, forms and subject matter. Each piece seemed to be completely unique but hearing them read aloud together, it was clear there […]
I picked up Amer Anwar’s debut novel, Brothers In Blood, because it was set in Southall, the place that I’m from. When I met him, I was on my way from Southall to get a coach up to Manchester. He was on his way back from an event promoting the book, which had just been […]
Cambridge University Library published their findings on a Sumerian Tablet, their oldest written document, dating back 4,200 years
100 acclaimed authors will each write one piece over the next 100 years for a literary time capsule, to remain unpublished until the 22nd Century