Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Rachel Goldblatt, Dispatches from the Intern’s Desk

Starting a new job in the middle of a global pandemic is not something many people would find enviable, though I was obviously delighted for the opportunity as so many others were being furloughed. When […]

Non Fiction

Review Negative Capability A Diary of Survival, Michèle Roberts

BookBlast reviews Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving which gives the reader something really special. Michèle Roberts’ intimate, candid writing is underpinned by a dry humour, wry observations, and a poignant strain of melancholy perfect […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Leila Sackur Dispatches from the Intern’s Desk

Leila Sackur graduated in History from the University of Cambridge where she was involved in the student press and politics. She is interested in everyday life, gentrification and urban space,  and is looking to start […]

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Podcast Maggie Gee, novelist & professor of creative writing

Maggie Gee OBE FRSL, novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was born to working-class parents, and climbed into an uneasy place between classes. She won a major open scholarship to […]

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Interview Toby Litt, author

BookBlast interview with Toby Litt, the British writer and academic based at the University of Southampton. How has Ampthill changed from when you were growing up there in the 1970s? When I was five or […]

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Non Fiction

Review Wrestliana, Toby Litt

“I decided to write a book about William, and to pay tribute to him by calling it Wrestliana. By doing this, I would explicitly take William on, on his home ground. Because all of this […]

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Interview Gabriel Josipovici, author & critic

Gabriel Josipovici is a pre-eminent British novelist, short story writer, critic, literary theorist, playwright, and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. You were born during World War Two in Occupied France, what are […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight The Second Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

Now in its second year, The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses is making waves and highlighting the superb and genuinely original writing being published by diverse independent publishers. “Most writers make less than […]

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Interview Andrew Harmon, theatre director & writing coach

Theatre director and writing coach, Andrew Harmon, gives BookBlast an exclusive interview from his home near Palm Springs CA. He talks about 1950s Hollywood, writing for the screen and stage, producing ‘Improvisathon ‘85’ for Live […]

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BB Archive Sparring with Hemingway, Robert Ruark 1954-55

An article about sparring with Hemingway and the stamina required to be a writer fell out of Gael Elton Mayo’s copy of Robert Ruark’s Something of Value while rearranging the overfilled bookshelves in the hallway […]