The Latest Festival and Book News

The Latest Festival and Book News

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas is on this weekend 7-9 June  with a  scintillating programme that features Margaret Atwood, Deborah Levy, Neil Jordan, Elizabeth Strout, Minnie Driver, Anne Enright, Ocean Vuong, John Ronson, Katherine Rundell, Fergal Keane and many more


Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced its upcoming 2024 program, which will be held from 10 to 25 August. Guests include Bernadine Evaristo, Lorrie Moore, Kate Atkinson, Rachel Cusk, Andrzej Tichý, Howard Jacobson, and Charlotte Wood.


Guests at the upcoming NBO Litfest include Amitov Gosh, Shafinaaz Hassim, Jon Lee Anderson, Muthoni Muiruri, and Alex Gakuru. The festival will be held in Nairobi from 28 to 30 June and includes masterclasses and a children’s program.


The 16th  Istanbul Literature Festival – ITEF – was held in Istanbul last weekend  29 May – 2nd June  under the theme ‘ What’s Your Story?’ Sessions included discussions on ‘What We Choose Not to Hear’, ‘Going Beyond: Underneath the Surface of the Story’ and a discussion on the messages embedded in Kafka’s work.


Arts sponsors Baillie Gifford this week confirmed that is has cut links with Cheltenham literature festival, the Borders book festival  and Wigtown book festival following pressure from climate change protesters. The campaign group Fossil Free Books (FFB) has been criticised by industry commentators for double standards,  choosing soft targets in its campaign, which they say has resulted in the loss of funding, particularly for education projects, whilst having no impact on fossil fuel investment.


Publishing News


Scottish writer John Burnside, author of Black Cat Bone and The Asylum Dance, has died aged 69 after a short illness. Though mainly known for his poetry, Burnside wrote in many forms, including fiction and memoir, across a career that spanned more than three decades. The Guardian published this obituary.


In the UK, an annual report tracking the book-reading habits of around 1.2 million students across the UK and Ireland has found a drop of 4.4% in the number of books being read by children and young people, reports the Bookseller. The annual ‘What Kids Are Reading’ report, drawing on a study run by EdTech provider Renaissance, found that the reading decline was ‘particularly acute in secondary schools’. With the exception of the first year of the Covid pandemic, it was the first time in the 16-year history of the report that there had been a decline in the number of books read.


Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence by Homero Aridjis is the winner of the 2024 Griffin Poetry Prize. Translated by George McWhirter, the world´s largest international poetry prize awards $78,000.

More media companies are making deals with OpenAI. In more troubling news for human writers, OpenAI announced deals with Vox Media and The Atlantic this Wednesday.

Franz Kafka letter shows author’s anguished struggle with writer’s block. Letter to friend and publisher Albert Ehrenstein, to be auctioned in June, details struggle to write at time of tuberculosis diagnosis.

Handwritten ‘draft’ of Albert Camus’s L’Étranger sold in Paris for €650,000. Text appears to have been copied out and backdated by Camus in 1944, possibly as a way to raise funds during Nazi occupation.


Natalia Litvinova has won the Lumen Novel Prize for her novel Luciérnaga. ¨A dazzling and moving voice, with the difficult quality of simplicity,” said the jury about the work.


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