Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland this winter as The Southbank Centre explores the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of their author, Tove Jansson. Open until April 2017.
Kathleen Jamie’s ‘visionary and profound’ poetry collection The Bonniest Companie wins the Scottish Book of the Year
Filmed live at London’s Vout-O-Reenees, ‘the club for the surrealistically distinguished’, Sort of author/artist, Simon Bill discusses the finer points of Art and the Brain with art critic, Matthew Collings.
Simon Bill will be signing copies of his latest debut, ‘Artist in Residence’ at the London Art Car Boot Fair in Hoxton on Sunday 12th June, from 12midday. A must-read for all art fans.
Artist/author Simon Bill launches his new title, Artist in Residence, at Libreria‘s hip new venue in Hoxton in discussion with art critic, author and broadcaster Matthew Collings. Can an author satirise the contemporary art scene without fear of being labelled a philistine? Yes. If he’s a highly regarded abstract expressionist painter, perceptive enough to skewer the vanities and absurdities of the profession and equipped with the comic talents of a latter day Evelyn Waugh. Bill’s advice of how to get ahead at art school, segueing into an imagined installation involving kayaks filled with golden syrup, was both salutary and a hoot.
Jonathan Buckley has won the BBC national short story award with sublimely subtle and engaging, Briar Road.
Kathleen Jamie, Chris Stewart and Tove Jansson (via her family estate) are to donate thousands of copies of their best loved titles to the Waterstones Syrian migrant crisis appeal. The books will appear on dedicated ‘Buy Books for Syria’ tables available at Waterstones’ branches throughout the UK from Thursday 1st October. It was Sort of Books co-director Mark Ellingham who devised this fundraising idea, so we are delighted to be playing a part in making it a reality, together with three of our bestselling (and generous) authors. The ambition is for Waterstones to sell a million pounds’ worth of books – every penny of which will go to Oxfam’s work with Syrian refugees and displaced people in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and at arrival points in Italy, Greece and Macedonia.
Sort of Books congratulate Jonathan Buckley on his short story Briar Road being shortlisted for the prestigious BBC National Short Story Award 2015.
Chair of the judging panel, Allan Little, described Briar Road yesterday on BBC R4 Front Row, as ‘tremendously effective with a slow, understated, gradual reveal . . . very strong, very subtle . . . the atmosphere that builds up is tremendously powerful and offers a twist you just don’t see coming.”
Jonathan Buckley’s novels have been described as ‘intensely compassionate’ and ‘astoundingly observed’. His latest, the river is the river, (Sort of Books, July 2015) is considered his ‘most perfect yet’. (James McConnachie,The Author).
A brilliant opportunity to hear Kathleen Jamie reading from and discussing her work. Join us at 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL. Tickets can be booked at the London Review Bookshop and online at this link.
Tove Jansson is being honoured with a commemorative €2 coin to mark the centenary of her birth. This news was hailed in a Guardian editorial which reminded us that Jansson is ‘a poet of solitude and of love, of family and idiosyncrasy, of courage and absurdity. No writer could be further from tweeness or sentimentality. Although she wrote in Swedish with daunting economy and power, the exuberance of her imagination survived translation into many languages and from the smallest My to the largest Groke her characters have enriched us all.’