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It's a new year, a whole new decade, which means plenty of reading to do! We've created the Fairlight Reading Challenge 2020 to encourage readers to explore beyond their bookish comfort zones and find some great books! Over the course of the year read or listen to: A self-help book A book by a BAME author A collection of sho

If you're looking for present ideas here are 10 reasons why books make the best gifts!   Share Something Personal Giving books that have touched your heart or relating to topics that are important to you can be an incredibly personal and meaningful gift. Especially since it will give you something to discuss once they’ve

Mark Swan is the designer behind the cover of Beyond Kidding. We've talked to him about his path into graphic designing and his creative process. How did you get into the arts and what led you to graphic design? I was always drawing from a young age and was very much into comic books and wanted to work in that field. I went to unive

Lynda Clark's debut novel, Beyond Kidding, was published on 31 October 2019 by Fairlight Books. This darkly humorous science fiction explores the catastrophic effects resulting from one man's lie and a missing child who was never meant to be found. Read this interview with Lynda to find out what inspired this novel. How did you start w

Some book lovers show their dedication to the written word by keeping their books in pristine condition, refusing to dog-ear their pages or even bend the spine. However, others, show their love by ‘upcycling’ their books. They cut, paint and sometimes even burn book pages to create new masterpieces. Here are a couple of our favourite

Our story of the week is a story about jealousy from the writer Emma Franieczek. Emma studied Creative Writing at London South Bank University graduating with a first-class honours degree. Whilst at university Emma had two of her plays performed as rehearsed readings in London, and had her Playella I’d Rather You Didn’t published o

Our story of the week is a comedic story from the writer Michael Downes. Michael was born in Northern Ireland but currently he lives in Victoria, Australia in a small country town with his eldest son. He has enjoyed travelling around the world and working a variety of jobs. Michael started writing in his late twenties. He has a n

Books bring us into the lives of characters. As William Nicholson said, ‘We read to know we’re not alone.’ * It is often through reading that we are able to develop skills such as empathy and self-reflection. This is why diversity is essential and the representation gap in fiction must be filled. Readers should be given the opportun