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UK Publishers Urge Copyright Protection From AI And a ‘Seance’ Solves Mystery of Yeats’ First Play

UK Publishers Urge Copyright Protection From AI And a ‘Seance’ Solves Mystery of Yeats’ First Play

Festival News:

The Stroud Book Festival 2023 will kick off on November 8th until 12th with an enticing program, featuring more than 35 events over five days, catering to a diverse range of book enthusiasts. The lineup includes “Stroud Short Stories,” engaging discussions with renowned personalities like Tom Kerridge, and captivating sessions for students. The festival offers a thought-provoking exploration of environmentalism, discussions on the enduring legacy of Doctor Who, and an appreciation of the art of short stories. Additionally, there are events such as “The Poetry of Laurie Lee: A Celebration,” where Jessy Lee, Adam Horovitz, Norah Perkins, and the Laurie Lee Prize winners will share their insights.

The Dublin Book Festival 2023 is returning next week with a schedule that spans from November 8th to November 12th. Hosted at various venues, including Printworks at Dublin Castle and partner locations like the National Library of Ireland, the National Botanic Gardens, 1WML, Glass Mask Theatre, the Wild Duck, and the Royal Irish Academy, this year’s festival is set to be a literary extravaganza. It not only features a lineup of esteemed authors such as John Hume, Anne Enright, Anne Griffin, and more but also offers a diverse array of activities. These include discussions, walking tours, book launches, professional development sessions, treasure hunts, arts and crafts, and family-friendly author and illustration events. The festival will also be participating in Science Week 2023, with informative discussions, workshops, and family-oriented activities supported by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Science Foundation Ireland.

The Texas Book Festival (TBF), taking place on November 11-12 at the Texas State Capitol grounds, presents its 28th annual celebration featuring a lineup of more than 300 authors and over 200 sessions for all age groups. This year, the festival will host esteemed authors such as New York Times Best Selling Author Stacey Abrams, PEN/Faulkner award winner Ann Patchett, Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer, and many others. From Q&As and cooking demonstrations to the intriguing Lit Crawl, this free festival aims to honor Texas authors, promote the joy of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries.


Book News:

Sharjah honour for Ibrahim Al Koni – Cultural Personality of the Year award for Libyan author, commended for ‘his efforts in sending the Arabic literary voice to Europe’


The hunt is on for the book containing Wilkie Collins’s criticism of friend Dickens.Collins’s notes on his collaborator’s ‘weakest book’ and ‘astonishingly bad’ work were sold at auction in 1890. Read more here


Yeats’ play on sale for £125,000 – thanks to message from the dead, The Guardian reports. A 1924 seance has solved the mystery surrounding a signed copy of the dramatist’s first play.


Publishing associations urge UK government to protect copyrighted works from AI

Statement asks government to help stop AI tools ‘using copyright-protected works with impunity’


Celebrating Literature That ‘Brings the World Close’. Words Without Borders, a magazine dedicated to literature in translation, is turning 20 at a fraught time. The New York Times asks how we are to celebrate words when bombs are dropping.

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