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  • 3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-08-24

    There’s nothing an author hates — and loves — more than a deadline. Will Amanda Leduc make hers? Or will she remain in Procrastination Land forever? Tune in to find out …

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-24

    We had heard about a festival going on in deepest, darkest Devon and started asking ourselves, "Why spend a weekend at the Ways with Words Festival? " (being careful not to choke on our own tongues whilst saying it). Maybe you’re looking for another literary festivals to tick off your list? Or perhaps you haven’t ventured out to any lit-fests yet? Either way, have a look at the video to see what Ways with Words is all about and see if it looks like your cup of tea – actually, they did have very nice tearooms!

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-08-21

    Lying awake in the middle of the night and suffering crippling attacks of self esteem — or bouts of so-called genius — are one of those ever-present writer clichés. But surprise — they’re true! Amanda Leduc takes a look at early morning anxiety attacks, writer’s block, and how to tackle that nagging sense of self-doubt.

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  • CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-21

    We’re really pleased to hear that Amanda Leduc, one of CompetelyNovel’s earliest adopters is getting out and about with her book, Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover. Based in Edinburgh herself, Amanda is going to be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival bookshop tebt at 4pm today, reading a section from her book so if you are in the area, pop along and give her a wave!

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  •  by Laura Wake

    by Laura Wake

    published on 2009-08-14

    If you don’t know your Orange prize from your Orwell Prize, help is at hand. XXX explores the top literary prizes for fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, and asks how important book prizes really are.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-03

    It’s a Twinterview with NJ Cooper, the author of No Escape and many other fantastic works of crime fiction! We hear about what drives N.J. Cooper to write about the criminal underworld, what it’s like to spend a night in a prison, and why a healthy liver is an essential item if you are heading to a writer’s festival.

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  •  by Ben Fowler

    by Ben Fowler

    published on 2009-07-30

    For connoisseurs of crime, there is only one unmissable summer event: the Theakstons Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. Ben Fowler reports on four days of shifty suspects, hard-nosed cops, fiendish mysteries, denouements in the library and other gory endings.

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  •  by Heidi Polk

    by Heidi Polk

    published on 2009-07-30

    Visually dazzling and beautifully shot, Coraline tells the story of a girl and her adventures in an alternate world. Heidi Polk introduces a masterpiece of literary adaptation from Neil Gaiman and the team behind Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  •  by Ben Fowler

    by Ben Fowler

    published on 2009-07-22

    On Saturday 4th July, London-based literature organisation Spread The Word and independent bookshop, Foyles hosted

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-07-21

    The former senior adviser to the late Yasser Arafat, Bassam Abu Sharif, launched his book Arafat and the Dream of Palestine at Al Saqi Books in London. CompletelyNovel were there with a camera and talked later to Bassam Abu Sharif. In this video he talks about the messages in the book and his hopes for the future of Palestine. This book is a first-hand account of the inner-workings of Arafat’s regime, the PLO, Fatah and the relationship that allowed Abu Sharif to encourage important strides toward peace.

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