How Do You Organise Your Bookshelves?

FC Malby A friend told me yesterday that their books are all arranged in alphabetical order. I smiled and said that mine are roughly arranged by type. I have a section for psychology, travel, theology, biographies and autobiographies (which are mostly political, but I also have one on Miles Davis), crime thrillers, short stories, poetry, … Continue reading How Do You Organise Your Bookshelves?

How Art Can Save Your Soul

I have often wondered what it is about certain books that resonates with the reader. There are certain books that, no matter how much time passes, still hold a place in your mind - books that stand out as sharing something powerful, books that heal, books that tap into a fear or a passion. What … Continue reading How Art Can Save Your Soul

If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

I hear many authors complain of time constraints, low income from books, isolation from a workplace or other people, writer's block and many other issues and, while I understand these, I also want to scratch my head and ask whether writing is the best use of their time. Writing IS hard and it IS time … Continue reading If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

So When Are You Going To Write A Proper Book, Then?

I am pleased to welcome the Director of National Flash Fiction Day, Calum Kerr, for a guest post on the short fiction form. His new collection, Lost Property, brings together four brand new pamphlets of flash fiction, featuring Singsong, Soaring, Burning and Citadel. The collection contains 83 stories that move from the hilarious to the sinister and demonstrates the unique … Continue reading So When Are You Going To Write A Proper Book, Then?

Author Interview with Matt Haig

From your experience of journalism, as well as novel writing, has one fed in to the other in any way? Journalism teaches you to be economical with words. It tells you not to be too self-indulgent. What do you most like to read and are there any books you have read recently that have stood … Continue reading Author Interview with Matt Haig