“My Life In Books”
I’ve just watched the first of BBC 2’s ‘My Life In Books’ series, which is going to run every weekday night (6.30pm – 7pm) from now until World Book Night, (5th March), as part of the BBC’s ‘Year of Books’. The programme has a simple format: it’s Anne Robinson (much less caustic than on ‘The Weakest Link’), interviewing two celebs/authors about their favourite books.
Tonight was the turn of crime writer P D James (amazing for 90!) and former Blue Peter presenter (‘til he got the sack for taking drugs), Richard Bacon. An unlikely pairing, you might think, but it worked quite well and I was pleased to see one of my own favourites, Pride & Prejudice, getting P D James’ vote as her favourite all-time book. Well said, Phyllis.
It’s worth a look if you are a bookworm! (And hurrah for a TV programme about books. They are few and far between!)
Spring Thing – Birmingham Book Festival
The programme for Birmingham Book Festival’s ‘Spring Thing’ (April 9th & 10th) has just been launched. I’m kicking myself because I’m away that weekend, so I’m going to miss out. There are some great writers’ events and workshops – and some are even free (like the Writers Networking Evening! Ooh, you could meet the love of your life or a writing buddy! Or both!)
Writing Competition And just because I feel like I’ve neglected all you short story writers out there recently, here’s news of a short story competition:
Vanda Inman and Della Galton are running a short story competition. Entry fee is £5 and closing date is 28th February. The theme is ‘Moving On’ and the prizes are £150, £100 and £50. There’s also the option of a critique from Della (the queen of the women’s magazine short story!) for an additional £5. See the website here for more details. Good luck!