Birkbeck and the Booker Prize Foundation are collaborating to bring Sarah Waters to Birkbeck. She will be speaking to Professor of Creative Writing, Russell Celyn Jones, who was one of the Man Booker judges in 2002 when Waters’ novel, Fingersmith, was shortlisted. This event will take place on Monday 14 November from 6 - 7.30 pm at Friends’ House, Euston Road, NW1 2BJ. Entrance is free but you need to register to reserve your place. Follow the registration link from this page:
The last Society of Authors Tweetathon is starting next week Wednesday at 11am. The beginning of the short-short story will be tweeted by Neil Gaiman and the rest of the story curated by Birkbeck’s own Colin Teevan. The Tweetathon was organised in protest against BBC 4’s short story cuts and the finished stories will be recorded by, amongst others, Bill Nighy and Brenda Blethyn. You can participate on Twitter with the hashtag #soatale.
The announcement of Steve Jobs’ death yesterday was met with world-wide sorrow and an overwhelming multitude of Steve Jobs quotes in Facebook status updates. Simon & Schuster have announced an earlier release date for his biography – the 24th of October. The biography, written by Walter Isaacson - the former managing editor of Time magazine, was originally due to be released on the 21st of November.
It was a big week for poetry - National Poetry Day was celebrated yesterday and the Forward prize was announced on Wednesday. After being short-listed three times previously, Scottish poet John Burnside finally took the prize for his collection Black Cat Bone.
Yesterday was also the announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and there was last minute, inexplicable support for Bob Dylan. Ladbrokes reported that Dylan had become the favourite with 80% of bets placed in his favour in the last day. Fortunately the Nobel Prize is not judged like the X-Factor and the winner was announced yesterday as Tomas Tranströmer, an 80-year old Swedish poet. Tranströmer lost the power of speech more than twenty years ago after a stroke and there is speculation that his ‘acceptance speech’ will, rather poetically, take the form of a piano recital.