Reni Eddo-Lodge, author The first event I did around my book [Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People] was at the Southbank Centre in July 2017. People couldn’t get into the room and the atmosphere was electric. I have travelled around the world and the atmosphere is always the same. It’s as if I am stepping into something that the world was ready for; the excitement existed before my book came out … but it is important that I’m seen as part of a bigger voice, not as a lone voice. There’s a feeling that there can only be one book on this subject. … [Read more...] about Breaking down the barriers – a new chapter in publishing
I will buy another copy of The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma and give it to someone as a Christmas present. I will invite Yewande Omotoso to visit Edinburgh from South Africa to talk about her novels. I will passionately recommend César Aira’s peerless novellas in a piece for the Guardian. I will pledge to increase the number of people from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds moderating book festival events in future. I will invite Jackie Kay to talk to Syrian refugees in Scotland and share their stories at the book festival. I will do whatever it takes to get people to read Raja Shehadeh’s books. I will try to persuade Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to visit the UK with a group of emerging African writers. I will promise Jacques Testard at Fitzcarraldo that if he publishes any more of the Nocilla novels by Agustín Fernández Mallo, I’ll buy five copies of each. I will buy my mother a gift subscription to And Other Stories. I will ask Kamila Shamsie and … [Read more...] about How do we stop UK publishing being so posh and white?
Mr Hancock yesterday told the Commons: 'The number of deaths and the number of cases is likely to be higher than those that have been confirmed so far and I expect them to rise further. The public can be assured that the whole of the UK is always well prepared for these type of outbreaks.' … [Read more...] about Doctors are on standby at Heathrow to meet any sick passengers arriving from China as all 31 patients tested for coronavirus in UK are CLEARED and Border Force hunts 2,000 people who flew in from Wuhan in last two weeks
Already a weekly columnist for the Record newspaper, Galloway, the MP for Bradford West, had been hired recently to write regular columns for Holyrood, a fortnightly magazine covering the devolved parliament in Edinburgh and mainstream Scottish politics. He took up the role after the former Scottish National party MP Jim Sillars stood down as a columnist on health grounds. … [Read more...] about George Galloway sacked as political columnist for rape remarks
You can ‘pledge to pick’: Contribute by picking up as much litter as you like, whenever you like, during the campaign period. You can host a clean-up, either a private event with friends, family, a community group or work colleagues – or even an open event that other people can join You can join a public clean-up in your area. In the coming weeks groups will be set up and their details added to a special interactive online map. Click on the map to find out details and email the organiser. They will then liaise with you directly. WHAT DOES THE PROJECT INVOLVE? … [Read more...] about Let’s clean up Britain, urges Boris Johnson as shocking photographs of a litterbug landscape reveal why you should join the Daily Mail’s Great British Spring Clean