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What is women's writing? Publishing insiders discuss power of female voices

theguardian.com – Wednesday September 14, 2016

Writers and editors explored what it means to be a woman in the literary world at an Emily Books event in Brooklyn: ‘The industry is mostly female, but male-run’

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How Dylan Thomas's writing shed inspired Roald Dahl

bbc.co.uk – Wednesday September 14, 2016

Both are world-famous authors who wrote some of their best known works in their sheds. But, as Roald Dahl's centenary is celebrated across the country, his widow reveals how heavily the children's author was influenced by Dylan Thomas's hut when building his own.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 14, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Adult

London-based publisher of quality fiction and nonfiction. Welcomes submissions. For nonfiction, send synopsis, author profile, sample chapter, and brief chapter summaries; for fiction, send synopsis and three sample chapters.

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Steve Atkinson: HighTide started on a wave of changes in new writing

whatsonstage.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016

HighTide turns ten this year and the UK's premier new writing festival could not be in better shape. Since beginning in the small market town of Halesworth in Suffolk, they've championed the likes of Adam BraceSam HolcroftJoel Horwood and Nick Payne, often staging debuts from those writers well before theatres like the National, Almeida and the Royal Court pick them up. As co-founder of the festival, director Steve Atkinson has been instrumental in pushing the festival artistically so it now stands as one of the most important new writing events in the UK calendar. Now, after they open at the festival's home of Aldeburgh, HighTide plays tour up and down the country, bringing bright, dynamic theatre voices to the rest of the world.

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Man Booker shortlist 2016: tiny Scottish imprint sees off publishing giants

theguardian.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016

Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet’s story of murder in a 19th-century crofting community has beaten novels by some of literature’s biggest names to make the shortlist for the Man Booker prize, a list that judges said “showed courage and a willingness to take risks”.

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Making a living as a poet

societyofauthors.org – Tuesday September 13, 2016

Wednesday 26 October, 6-8pm

In the first of the new Poetry and Spoken Word Group's series of events on Making a Living as a Poet, we bring you a panel discussion with Julia Bird, Tom Chivers and Chair Tamar Yoseloff. 

See below for details of their exciting, varied careers as poets, producers and publishers, and join us to discuss how they've made them pay. Questions from the floor will be welcomed at the end.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 13, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Archaeology; Culture; Historical; Literature; Media; Military; Music; Nature; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Academic publisher publishing scholarly monographs and general interest books about Louisiana and the South. Approach by post only. Send query with CV and proposal for nonfiction; one-page summary and brief sample for fiction; and 4-5 sample pages for poetry. See website for full details.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 12, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Horror; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Dark

Publishes horror and dark fantasy stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. No graphic, violent horror. Send submissions by email as .doc or .rtf attachment. See website for full guidelines.

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Ian McMillan: Why the key to good writing is avoiding the Truth

yorkshirepost.co.uk – Sunday September 11, 2016

In my writing, I try to avoid the truth. No, that’s not quite right. What I mean is that in my writing I try to avoid Truth, and that’s slightly different. As well as avoiding Truth I do my best to steer clear of Fear, Hate, Desire and Love. The clue, of course, is in the capital letters: I’m talking about abstract nouns here. The great poet Ezra Pound said “Go in fear of abstractions” and he was right.

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A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

theguardian.com – Saturday September 10, 2016

Robert McKee has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?

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