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Blog entries on '05 April 2006'

Wednesday 05 April 2006

Michael Schmidt's StAnza Lecture

Remiss of me not to have linked to this earlier (and prompted to do so now because of the ever-useful The Page): RSB interviewee, poet, novelist, literary historian, translator, founder of Carcanet Press and Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University Michael Schmidt's 2006 StAnza Lecture What, How Well, Why?

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Wednesday 05 April 2006

New Chap Book commissions

The excellent Book Works is calling for proposals for new chap books: "a series of artists’ books of short treatises/chapters/pamphlet style publications." For application details please send a large self addressed envelope to:

Book Works
19 Holywell Row

or email

As you'd hope, Book Works "welcome proposals from all sections of the community, including practitioners from culturally diverse backgrounds." The deadline for proposals is May 12th 2006.

Before you send them a 900 page manuscript (hint: don't), take a look at their other lovely, tiny chap books, including Suitcase Body Is Missing Woman by Eva Weinmayr, Lost in Space by Andrew Dodds and Head in the Railings by Siôn Parkinson.

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Wednesday 05 April 2006

Jarrett-Macauley wins Orwell Prize

The Orwell Prize for Political Writing has been won by a novelist: Delia Jarrett-Macauley has won the prestigious award for Moses, Citizen and Me (Granta) a book about child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Now, I heard this on the Radio 4's Today programme this morning, but I can't find out much more information online. As soon as I do, I'll update this post.

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