Writer development scheme: WriteNow

  Are you an unpublished, marginalised writer from Manchester or the West Midlands? Penguin Random House would like to hear from you! Penguin Randon House is running the WriteNow scheme to find and develop new writing voices from communities under-represented in books and publishing in partnership with writer development organisations Writing East Midlands, Commonword and…


89-Year-Old Steals The Show As A Bridesmaid At Granddaughter’s Wedding

An 89-year-old has fulfilled her lifelong ambition of being a bridesmaid by walking down the aisle at her granddaughter’s wedding.  Maureen Carney, from New South Wales, was one of granddaughter Rochelle’s five bridesmaids. Maureen, who has 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, said: “I had the best day! I wish we could do it all over…


Congratulations to K J Orr, winner of the BBC National Short Story Award!

Read Disappearances, the story that won the debut author the prestigious £15,000 prize Judge Kei Miller described K J’s winning work as: ‘a near-perfect example of how the short story works – a small world that’s perfectly observed’. K J Orr’s debut, a short story collection titled Light Box, was published earlier this year by…