United Kingdom

Free to a good home? A top UK horror anthology

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A while ago I  had the pleasure of reviewing Johnny Mains‘s excellent anthology Best British Horror 2014, from Salt Publishing. That collection contained some stories which still stick in the [...]

A ‘cool’ image: Amazon’s goal in the UK

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kindle “cool”? Amazon sure wants to make it look that way with the new print and panel ads it’s running in the United Kingdom. The campaign, which also sees full-page broadsheet [...]

English courts gag child abuse victims

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Britain – or more accurately, England – is not a great place for freedom of speech, or freedom of any kind, right now. You have UK Home Secretary Theresa May pushing to pre-emptively [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spectral Press produces probably the best small press big rig EVAH…

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

Independent UK horror and dark/weird fiction publisher Spectral Press, producers of the very wonderful Spectral Book of Horror Stories series, as well as works by Stephen Volk and other crepuscular [...]

Comcast’s Fifty Shades of Grey shows why UK should bring back spanking

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK is in the midst of a widely aired but undemocratically executed crackdown on “porn” – and I quote-mark that because we’re talking about things as innocuous as spanking [...]

UK Green Party digs itself in deeper over copyright

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

  In response to the earlier outcry from writers and other creatives against the UK Green Party’s apparent proposal to reduce the duration of copyright to just 14 years – with also [...]

UK Green Party copyright limit proposal repels authors, artists

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

The UK Green Party, with just two weeks to go to the General Election, appears to have screwed its support with one influential constituency, writers and artists, through an ill-founded and poorly [...]

Society of Authors head speaks to Teleread on ALCS author earnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier coverage of the latest Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study on writers’ earnings and contractual terms, “The Business of Being an Author: A Survey of [...]

New ALCS survey finds UK authors’ incomes have only gotten worse

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Following its previous survey of the income and work prospects of UK professional authors, entitled “What Are Words Worth?”, the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), [...]

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

Author David Nicholls‘s keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that [...]

London Book Fair Excellence Awards showcase industriousness of an industrious industry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a press release detailing its London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, given in association with The Publishers Association. And despite some very [...]

UK publishers boast big bucks – authors scrabble for crumbs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK publishing industry appears to be in rude (or at least, moderately insulting) good health, according to figures from the Nielsen conference BookInsights, quoted in Publishing Perspectives and [...]

Two cheers for World Book Day?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

I shouldn’t be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its [...]

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