British Academy Literature Week gets seriously fey

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The British Academy Literature Week 2015, now under way, is offering a program heavily weighted towards fairy tales, ghost stories, fantasies, folk myths, and other deliciously imaginative genres. The British Academy, “the UK’s expert body that supports and speaks for the [...]

World Horror Convention gets off to a really horrid start

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention (a.k.a. WHC), also comprising the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend, has just kicked off in Atlanta, running from May 7th to May 10th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of WHC, “Friday will be [...]

Fantastic fun at the York Pubmeet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

For anyone wanting to down a few jars or five to get over the shock of the UK General Election results, or the conviction that they’re now living in fantasyland, the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) have organized their third York Pubmeet, for fans [...]

Uppsala English Bookshop hosts H.P. Lovecraft evening

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The English Bookshop in Uppsala, in business for 20 years now in Sweden’s historic northeastern city, held a special commemorative lecture and reading on March 18th, to mark the death on March 15th, 1937 of H.P. Lovecraft. The talk, “H.P. Lovecraft & the Western European [...]

I am so embargoed! And Berry underimpressed

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Far being it from me, as a journalistic semi-professional, to violate the convention on embargoes, whereby critical breaking news is embargoed until a certain time or date to give journos a chance to prepare their story. So when a press release “Under Embargo Until 00.01, 25.02.15,” [...]

London Book Fair to follow publishing Around The World in 8 Hours

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a release to announce that it “will be holding the first ‘virtual conference’ for the world of publishing on 18 March 2015. Around The World in 8 Hours will follow the world of publishing across the globe in a day-long series of social media events, [...]

Intelligence Squared audience decide Amazon isn’t the reader’s friend

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

As heralded in Teleread earlier, self-publishing poster child Joe Konrath and Matthew Yglesias, Executive Editor of Vox, appeared against Franklin Foer, former editor of The New Republic, and attorney and author Scott Turow, in the Intelligence Squared debate in New York , last weekend, arguing [...]

Beat Museum to host grand reveal of Neal Cassady letter

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Following the recent news of the resurfacing of the near-legendary “Joan Anderson Letter” from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac, which gave us On The Road in its current form, Profiles in History, the auction house selling the letter, is hosting a media event on the morning of December 1st at [...]

Books on Tyne brings books in time to Tyneside

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Books on Tyne Literary Festival, a.k.a. the Newcastle Book Festival, is convening a literary gathering in Newcastle upon Tyne, one of northern Britain’s most unique and characterful cultural communities, for non-Brits out there. Cradle of the legendary Geordie dialect, Tyneside is also [...]

The Real Story pushes the boat out for non-fiction in Manchester

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK literary site The Real Story, “a celebration of creative non-fiction” supported by you by Openstories, “a Manchester-based arts organisation that runs digital literature projects,” is looking for local non-fiction writers and prose poets for a series of nights or reading [...]

Cardiff gets horrifically horrible with Scardiff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Welsh capital received an horrific visitation last weekend in the shape of Scardiff, ” the first Cardiff horror expo,” and a celebration of “all things horror: books, comics, movies, cosplay, the works.” And according to attendees, Cardiff Masonic Hall was overrun by a [...]

British Fantasy Society wants to make your Hallowe’en

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The British Fantasy Society, in conjunction with renowned London-headquartered science fiction, fantasy, and horror emporium Forbidden Planet, is bringing together a pumpkinfest of feted horror authors for the Mass Hallowe’en Signing & BFS Open Day Social on Saturday October 25th, at [...]

Just arrived for Edinburgh International Book Festival!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I made it to Edinburgh once again this year for the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival, and will be reporting from now on until its end in a week’s time. And just in case anyone still needs reminding, this is a critical month in a critical year for Scottish nationhood, cultural and [...]

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