New development opportunity for writers

London’s writer development agency, Spread the Word, has launched a new annual development programme for authors. The London Writers Awards will support writers of literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, children’s and poetry. The aim of the programme will be to increase the number of writers from currently under-represented communities such as writers of colour and working class, LGBTQ and disabled authors. Winners will be … Continue reading New development opportunity for writers

Academic critiques The Vietnam War

Michael Stewart Foley has published a critique of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary about the Vietnam War. The essay appears in The Sixties, a journal of history, politics and culture from Taylor & Francis. Foley is a professor at the Université Grenoble Alpes in France and has previously worked at universities in Groningen and Sheffield. His deliberately provocative essay accuses the documentary of not telling … Continue reading Academic critiques The Vietnam War

More Star Trek: Discovery

Netflix have announced that production has begun on the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. The sci-fi series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their mission to discover new worlds and new life forms while one Starfleet officer in particular learns that to truly understand all things alien you must first understand yourself. Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, … Continue reading More Star Trek: Discovery

Influence of India explored in new book

A new book explores the West’s fascination with India and Indian culture from the 1800s to the present day. The Myth of India in Western Culture 1808-2017 has been edited by Elio Schenini, conservator and curator at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. In 1808 the publication of Friedrich Schlegel’s book On the Language and Wisdom of the Indians sparked increasing interest … Continue reading Influence of India explored in new book

Full landmark documentary to air on PBS America

PBS America will premiere the full 18-hour directors’ cut of the critically acclaimed documentary The Vietnam War in April 2018. PBS America is the new British television channel from America’s Public Service broadcasting and is available in the UK on Freeview (94), Freesat (155), Virgin (276) and Sky (534). The 10-hour international version of The Vietnam War was broadcast on BBC Four in 2017 and … Continue reading Full landmark documentary to air on PBS America

In and of the moment Shakespeare? See Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre

Do not go and see Julius Caesar at the new Bridge Theatre in London if you like your Shakespeare traditional and staid.  From the scene-setting live rock music to making the audience an active part of the drama you are unlikely to have seen Shakespeare performed like this in the past. As in Shakespeare’s day, there are no seats in the stalls and the action … Continue reading In and of the moment Shakespeare? See Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre

London short story writers celebrated

The London Short Story Prize Anthology will be published in late April 2018. The prize was launched five years ago by Spread the World, London’s writer development agency. The competition seeks to discover and promote exciting short story authors from the capital. The Anthology features writing submitted for the 2017 contest and includes work by Maria Thomas, Alun Evans, Selma Carvalho, Dylan Brethour, Anton Rose, … Continue reading London short story writers celebrated