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David Vann at the LRB

Review of David Vann’s appearance at the London Review Bookshop, 25th February 2011. Scott Morris David Vann courts publicity of a far more positive kind than that other famous, living Alaskan (“Maybe someday soon we’ll get rid of her,” he jokes at tonight’s reading). Indeed, Penguin bagged the Publishers Publicity Circle’s Award for its extensive publicity campaign for Vann’s 2009 fiction collection, Legend of a … Continue reading David Vann at the LRB

117 Page Psycho

This review article was awarded joint first place in the London Review of Books‘ Young Reviewers Competition 2010. —– Point Omega by Don DeLillo Picador, March 2010 117 pp; ISBN 9780330512381 Price: £14.99 Scott Morris Were it not for the stylish surety of Don DeLillo’s prose, you might start to wonder whether he’s been working in the wrong medium all these years. More than most … Continue reading 117 Page Psycho

Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Joyce’s Stephen: Breaking free from parental authority

Emila Chodorowska Stephen Dedalus is Joyce’s modern Hamlet; both protagonists take on the role of the troubled and introspective outsider. Ulysses is scattered with tokens that link the young Irish artist with the Renaissance Prince, the analogy between Martello and Elsinore or Stephen’s Hamlet-hat for instance; but what links the two characters on a more thematically loaded level is their relation to parental authority. Janet … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Joyce’s Stephen: Breaking free from parental authority

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A Simply Ordinary Catastrophe: Humanity in The Midwich Cuckoos

Samuel Cutting Faced with the prospect of five hours in Gatwick, with only the snuffling of fellow travellers and a large black coffee for company, I embarked upon The Midwich Cuckoos, having bought it on the recommendation of a friend. I had always been intimidated by John Wyndham, not only because his full name, John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, sounds like the beginning of a … Continue reading A Simply Ordinary Catastrophe: Humanity in The Midwich Cuckoos

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The Literary Consultancy and The Literateur Competition

The Literateur is very pleased to announce a competition aimed at finding the best in new writing, organised jointly with The Literary Consultancy. The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s leading manuscript assessment service, provides expert, market-aware editorial advice to writers at all levels writing in English. Founded in 1996, The Literary Consultancy is recommended by The Arts Council England and major publishing houses, and holds a … Continue reading The Literary Consultancy and The Literateur Competition

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‘Writ in Water’ – Shelley, Byron, Keats and the Italian Sea

The Poets’ Gulf Nicoletta Asciuto Did sea define the land or land the sea? This is the question Seamus Heaney asked himself back in the Sixties while standing on the wild, sea-tormented coasts of the Aran Islands, which have challenged proudly the Atlantic Ocean and its endless waves from time immemorial. I always think of this line by Heaney when going back in mind to … Continue reading ‘Writ in Water’ – Shelley, Byron, Keats and the Italian Sea

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Report: The Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford

Dimitry Sayenko’s Absurd ABC Ling Low The Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) are a group of people dedicated to the art of fine printing.  Once every two years, they hold a fair, and then many people who know a lot about obscure, intricate printing techniques like “chromolithography” get together to display and discuss their publications.  As they were kind enough to invite The Literateur, I … Continue reading Report: The Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford