Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
The Booksellers Association has called for delays in financial
support to bookshops to be addressed "urgently" after it has
emerged many small businesses are still waiting for help with
soaring business rates.
Hay Festival's first weekend has kicked off with a host of
events featuring writers including Colm Tóibín, Helen Fielding and Stephen
Fry who discussed issues such as using flashbacks in writing, criticisms of
anti-feminism and "aggregating news agencies" such as Facebook.
Yorkshire-based indie press Bluemoose Books is offering the
opportunity for five new writers to be published in a short story
collection alongside its leading authors Andrew Michael Hurley, Carys Bray,
Paul Kingsnorth, Peter Kalu and Kirsty Logan.