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Lucy Caldwell wins BBC national short story award for ‘masterful’ tale
Having been shortlisted twice before, this year the Northern Irish writer takes the £15,000 prize for All the People Were Mean and Bad

Alison Flood

19, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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The Radical Democrats by Rob Sears – a poem for the midterms
In this new poem, constructed entirely out of speeches, statements and tweets from Donald Trump, a divided US is seen in the glare of the midterm elections

Rob Sears

05, Nov, 2018 @12:00 PM

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Read the winning story in our Jungle Book competition for children
We received some fantastic entries to our contest for young writers inspired by the ever-popular tales. Now it is time to reveal the winner …

25, May, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Stephen King short story competition winner: Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper
A reservoir in Lithuania leads wild swimmer Chrissie to some deep and very dark revelations, as she writes to her friend in the story that Stephen King judged our winner

Elodie Harper

30, Jan, 2016 @11:00 AM

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Commonwealth short story prize: The Human Phonograph by Jonathan Tel - short story
A woman is reunited with her geologist husband at a remote nuclear base in Maoist China in one of five regional winners of the 2015 prize

Jonathan Tel

28, Apr, 2015 @2:59 PM

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On Writers and Writing review – Margaret Atwood on her profession
Drawing on her panoramic reading and her experiences of the authorly life cycle, Atwood surveys her trade with a mix of seriousness and gentle fun, writes Victoria Segal

Victoria Segal

30, Jan, 2015 @4:30 PM

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Poems for George VI by John Masefield

Three unseen works written by the poet laureate for the newly-crowned monarch

John Masefield

02, Jul, 2014 @2:20 PM

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Read Sappho's 'new' poem
Read the first translation of previously unseen poem thought to be by much-loved classical author

Translated by Tim Whitmarsh

30, Jan, 2014 @11:50 AM

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Read the 2013 Costa short story award winner
The Keeper of the Jackalopes by Angela Readman, who was also shortlisted last year, was chosen from 1,400 entries read blind. Judge for yourself below

Angela Readman

29, Jan, 2014 @12:33 PM

Poems for the Poetry Library's 60th birthday

John Hegley, Daljt Nagra and others pay tribute to a treasured resource

29, Oct, 2013 @1:02 PM

Twitter fiction: Craig Taylor

The journalist and playwright takes up our Twitter-based challenge to come up with a story in 140 characters or fewer

Craig Taylor

31, Aug, 2013 @6:00 AM

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Twitter fiction: Francesca Simon
The children's author takes our Twitter-based challenge to come up with a story in 140 characters or fewer

Francesca Simon

24, Aug, 2013 @6:00 AM

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