En Bref with Alex Pheby

En Bref is back, this time with Alex Pheby, who’ll be joining us next Monday, 11 April, to talk about his astonishing historical “neuro-novel” Playthings, on the current shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize… Who is your favourite novelist of…

Typewrongers by Tom Hodges

What do the following have in common: a Greek god with wings on his feet, the Parisian press that first published Nabokov’s Lolita, and the editor of The Maycomb Tribune from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird? The answer is they share…

Why I Read Plays. By Yelena Moskovich

I like to feel very close to what happens to a face. I like the skin there, restless topography, curving, pulling, pinching, releasing, the nerve-grid beneath, the jaw as it slides over its hinge… I like all the things that…

Books By Booker Winners, Signed To Me. By Francis Plug

In order to research my book How To Be A Public Author, I ended up meeting many Booker Prize-winning authors, in public. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds because I’m not particularly charismatic, nor socially blessed. In fact, most…

A Guide for Writers Planning on Taking Up Residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris. By Craig Taylor

During your stay hold on to the present, because this will never be Paris in the 20s/40s/60s. You’ll need to ignore young men who have adopted names such as Buster. They’ll wear pork-pie hats. Confiscate their movable feasts. Read today’s…