Everyone’s Sense of the World is Invaluable, an anthology of work submitted by Guardian readers to the Poster Poems blog, is now available at Blurb. This interactive writing workshop is still running, and this week’s challenge focuses on epigrams.
The recent evening of open mic poetry at Hove Library is reviewed in today’s Argus, while Brighton Future of News Group (BFong) are resident at Shoreham’s Agora (part of the Empty Shop Network) all day, so either drop in or visit their live blog for advice on webby stuff and to share stories and mementoes of Shoreham.
Excursions Journal, an online project at the University of Sussex, is currently seeking papers on all matters viral.
Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing is preparing to launch a new romance imprint, Embrace Books. And Femministas report that Sweet Love London are looking for a writer of romantic short stories, for a regular website feature.
Write Jobs highlight a free flash fiction contest from the Limerick Writers’ Centre, Ireland. Another poetry mag to watch is the West Midlands-based Urban District Writer.
The Guardian is planning a new dedicated website for young readers, and are looking for contributors.
Sadly, the Public Lending Right body is the latest casualty of the coalition’s ‘Bonfire of the Quangoes’, though Culture Minister Ed Vaizey insists that author royalties will continue to be paid. Over at the Society of Authors website is a list of current arts campaigns, including Save the Arts.
If you’re feeling utterly depressed, take solace in the news that former PM Tony Blair is nominated for this year’s Bad Sex Award, after the recent publication of his autobiography, A Journey.
Is letter-writing a dying art? Perhaps not, says Robert McCrum, so don’t delete your literary emails just yet. Among the weekend’s more interesting book reviews are Crawdaddy‘s take on Women of the Underground: Music by Zora von Burden (Manic D Press), and a classic of social commentary, Henry Mayhew‘s London Labour and the London Poor.
And finally, for your reading pleasure this weekend, Simon Armitage‘s ‘The Present‘ is winner of the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize.