Arvon job ad hints at new UK creative writing platform

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

An online job ad posted by UK creative writing charity Arvon, “renowned for its residential creative writing courses for schools, groups and individuals,” points to an interesting new creative writing platform in the UK. The ad is for a Digital Communications Officer “to assist in [...]

Royal Literary Fund launches Writers Aloud podcast, blog

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Royal Literary Fund, the UK charity set up to provide grants and pensions to writers either in financial distress or invalid, has launched a new podcast series and blog series, Writers Aloud, to publicize its work and the contribution of writers in general to the UK. On Twitter as @rlfwriters, [...]

Groupees Lovecraftian Bundle showcases promo bundling for giving

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Groupees, the digital media distribution platform “designed to transform the digital media download experience into something FUN and SOCIAL tied to unique exclusive deals on music, games, and video,” is showcasing a “Lovecraftian Bundle” that offers an object lesson in how [...]

Books are as essential as bread. Ask the English poor.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

In these enlightened times that have brought us that wonder of 21st-century social engineering, the foodbank, it’s gratifying to report that, without any conspicuous aid from the current British government, UK charities are ministering to poorer citizens’ cultural and intellectual as [...]

Blue collar writers invited to wash their hands and apply for grant

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

At this festive time of year, it’s good to see that some keep the spirit of Christmas by remembering those less fortunate than ourselves – especially the working class. Blue collar, horn-handed sons and daughters of toil, Bud drinkers, Duck Dynasty lovers, trailer trash welfare mothers [...]

The positive curative power of poetry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

As a follow-up to my earlier piece on the latest neurological evidence for the actual physical effects of verse, here’s a couple of items detailing further evidence of the power of poetry over the human mind. Catherine Porteus, a reader of UK live poetry platform and fan site Pass On a Poem, [...]

Keats Library in London: Community takes over a piece of history

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Keats Community Library in Hampstead is a beautiful period building in the grounds of Keats House, the house and museum associated with the poet John Keats. A library since the early 1900s as the Heath Library, it was closed in early 2012 as part of Camden Council’s budget cuts and taken over [...]

UK Library Campaign left cold by the men from the Ministry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

After the recent spate of bad news around state support for Great Britain’s public libraries, including modernization and e-lending initiatives, the Library Campaign, a UK activist charity seeking “to advance the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance [...]

Dust jacket envelopes make it easy to donate your books by mail

By Dan Eldridge
May 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A social entrepreneurship company based in Australia, Mailbooks for Good, has recently launched a literary-minded project that combines good design and a simple but strong idea with the joy of philanthropy. The company’s tagline, “Re-gift the gift of reading,” does a decent job of [...]

The Rise of the Fundraiser Book

By Joanna Cabot
April 11, 2013 // 1 Comment

Two stories crossed my inbox this morning on the rise of the fudnraiser book. The first was a review about an anthology called Orange Karen that was conceived as a fundraiser for author Karen DeLabar, who is recovering from a battle with toxic shock syndrome. Fellow authors, both amateur and [...]

How to build you very own Little Free Library

By Dan Eldridge
April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who’ve Built Tiny Libraries On the [...]

Anyone want to donate an e-reader?

By Dan Eldridge
February 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was the recipient of a half-depressing, half-uplifting email a couple of weeks back from a woman who represents the parent-teacher organization of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), located in Hoboken, N.J. HoLa, she tells me, is holding its annual fundraiser this coming April. And [...]

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi [...]

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