If you happen to see a perplexing plum bicycle or black and violet post box when wandering the streets of Oxford, don’t be concerned, Oxford isn’t remodelling itself into a purple city. These flashes of purple in the city aim to bring more than just colour, they represent the work of the Oxford Poetry Library (OPL) – a bicycle-drive

It is increasingly important to curate your author brand. Establishing a loyal fan base not only helps you connect to your audience but can also improve your publishing prospects. A writer’s first step in building their brand should be creating an attractive, user-friendly website. Here are some tips on how to ensure that your website p

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

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

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

Our Story of the Week is a fairy tale from the writer Paul Blaney. Paul is a British fiction writer who now lives in the United States. He works as an assistant professor at Rutgers University. He also enjoys hiking and coaching football. Paul’s first story won him a beautiful hardback of The Wombles, which was presented by Elizab