Posted on 2nd October 2015

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Opposing Library Closures

Now that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the Labour Party, I very much hope that included in his government policies-to-oppose tray, is a memo to crank up the protests against the closures of public libraries. Following a short imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs in 1981, the institution where I managed to educate myself and…

Posted on 25th September 2015

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We’re in the Entertainment Business

Devising ways to publicise my debut novel, Brixton Rock, the ever-inventive, Rosemarie Hudson, publisher of BlackAmber Books, came up with the idea of giving away a free stick of Brixton Rock with every purchase of the novel.  Local bookstores and their staff loved the notion (and tasted it during tea-break) and had enough enthusiasm to…

Posted on 11th September 2015

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THE BARD-ON-HAY

In the Writing The Future Report, an analysis of Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK market place commissioned by Spread The Word, it found that just 23 homegrown Black and Asian literary novelists (discounting celebrity, sports and cookery writers) were invited to the Big Three literary festivals (Cheltenham, Hay & Edinburgh) of 2014. For the first…

Posted on 9th September 2015

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Alex Wheatle announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that Alex Wheatle will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week. Our previous Guest Editors have been Simon Savidge, David Hebblethwaite, Kaite Welsh, Anita Sethi, Naomi Frisby and Adventures with Words duo, Kate Neilan and Rob Chilver. Born in London of…

Posted on 8th July 2015

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Short of time? Adventures With Words share their favourite short stories

The Adventures With Words duo have put together a video on their favourite short stories you must read this summer. Enjoy!     Rob Chilver and Kate Neilan are Colchester-based bloggers and podcasters at AdventuresWithWords.com. They blog and talk mainly about books, but also love comics, film, TV, theatre and music. Rob is a bookseller and…

Posted on 24th June 2015

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Future Classics – Books Published Ahead Of Their Time

Recently we have seen the rise of a number of books that have been rediscovered and gone on to become bestsellers.  Stoner is probably the most well known example, going from respected obscurity into high street charts when Ian McEwan mentioned it in a radio interview. But what of other books that have shared a similar…

Posted on 12th June 2015

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It’s the time of the season for…Reading? Is there really such a thing as a ‘Summer Read’?

I’m sure it can’t have escaped your notice if you’ve been into a local bookshop, browsed for books online, or popped into supermarkets or well known retailers in train stations, that it’s time to pick your ‘Summer Reads’. Whether you’re planning to slap on the tanning oil and sizzle by the pool, grab some precious…

Posted on 5th June 2015

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Finding the time to read

We all live very busy lives and there are now more things than ever vying for our attention. Messages appear on our phones demanding a reply, time is spent crafting witty Facebook updates or Tweets, emails flood your Inbox, amusing gifs need to be shared; generally the entire Internet is there to distract you. Added together, these distractions, while…

Posted on 3rd June 2015

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Adventures With Words duo announced as Guest Editors

We are delighted to announce that the Adventures With Words duo, Kate Neilan and Rob Chilver will be joining us as Guest Editors on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for their articles, the first of which will be posted later this week. Our previous Guest Editors have been Naomi Frisby, Simon Savidge, David Hebblethwaite, Kaite Welsh and Anita…

Posted on 29th May 2015

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You Are What You Read

Do you ever reflect on the books you’re choosing to read? Why it is you’re drawn to particular titles/covers/genres? Whilst you muse on that, I want to recommend five brilliant writers whom you might want to consider for your next read.   Susan Barker The first writer I’ve chosen is Susan Barker. Her first two…

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