Interviews & Blogs

Winter is just around the corner… and there’s no better way to spend the cold evenings curled up under a blanket, reading. So, we thought, why not make it a themed read. Last December, instead of our usual short stories, we published three stories set in the cold winter months, or with a festive theme. Here is a taste of the storie

The free public libraries we enjoy today can trace their roots back to private business ventures that began in the early 1800s. During this time book prices were prohibitive to all but the wealthiest readers. Seeing an opportunity in an increasingly literate middle class several affluent men began lending out books from their own personal

I truly believe that bookshops are perfect spots to get to know the place you are visiting. That's why, whenever I travel, among the plans to visit museums, I always add bookshops (no matter if I speak the local language or not). I love looking at the different ways bookshops promote books and reading - you can learn a lot about the book

I stand before a tall oak bookshelf boasting of old leather-bound books. I can barely contain my excitement. I press a hand against the smooth wood and push. The bookshelf swings in, revealing a short staircase cutting around a corner. I tentatively make my way down. Walking past a silent TV, I peek around the corner and discover a secret

Based in the States, Sam Kalda is the illustrator for the Fairlight Moderns series. In 2017, Sam published his first book, Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen, and received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York. Throughout the years he has collabor

The first thing a publisher will read from your submission is your cover letter. This will tell them whether you are a good match for their list and their company, and a good cover letter always shows commitment. So don't wreck your chances with a bad cover letter, and here are some tips on how to write a good one. (These tips mostly appl

Karen B. Golightly is an Associate Professor of English and the author of a page-turning novella There Are Things I Know. Karen has chatted to us about the many things and people that have inspired her new book, and shared some helpful creative writing advice. How did you start writing and did you always want to be a writer? As a ki

Sophie van Llewyn is the brilliant author behind the magical realist novella, Bottled Goods. In this interview Sophie has shared with us the first time she considered becoming a writer, why she loves the novella-in-flash genre, and what inspired her to write Bottled Goods. How did you start writing? I was in Middle School, and our R