Interviews & Blogs

Yesterday, September 18th, was Samuel Johnson’s 308th birthday! In honour of this revolutionary lexicographer we decided to take a closer look at his famous and occasionally humorous, 'A Dictionary of the English Language’, first published in 1755. [caption id="attachment_3022" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image taken from Bla

Looking for creative writing courses, but don’t know where to start?  Check out Fairlight’s Creative Writing School Directory – all of the major courses in the UK listed in one handy place. If you’re thinking about writing a novel for the first time, or if you’ve written one and want advice on how best to polish it up and send

Book to film adaptions are essentially an act of translation. As with languages, each medium has its own limitations and advantages. But is a successful adaption just about accurately representing the original story? As translators must navigate cultural disparities and idioms, adaptors must transform the mental experience into a visual a

Based in Porto, Portugal, Rui Ricardo is the book cover illustrator of Lou Gilmond’s The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez. Well known for his vintage-style imagery, he has published his own graphic novels as well as collaborated with such famous names as The Times, Virgin, Tommy Hilfiger and Samsung. We have chatted to Rui about his designs, wh

We believe in promoting quality writing – the wider the better. We also love the notion of sharing the books you love with others. Considering both of these ideas, we came up with a worldwide book swapping adventure – a voyage for our books to reach new readers. [caption id="attachment_2929" align="alignleft" width="169"] Books Rea

Since it opened its doors in June 2006, Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath has become famous amongst lovers of indie bookstores for its decor and its innovative book recommendation products and reading gifts. We’d learned of their Reading Spas and Reading Subscriptions whilst researching our bibliotherapy article of last mon

Barbara Mercer’s short story The Glow Worm weaves a rich tale that offers so much more than its surface meaning. Set in a time of religious turmoil in England, the story places us thrillingly close to the birth of William Shakespeare and the wealth of culture and literature that comes with him, adding more layers to an already engrossin

Finn Campbell-Notman is the book illustrator of the recently published short story collection by Helen Stancey The Madonna of the Pool. Recognisable for his lyrical imagery, Finn is the artist behind many well-known books. These include the striking and famous cover of a girl dancing with Death for Markus Zusak’s award-winning novel The