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The author Salman Rushdie has pulled out of a literature festival in India. The writer said he had been warned by intelligence sources that people might have been paid to assassinate him there. Some Indian Muslim groups had said he should be barred from the festival because of the 20-year-old controversy over his novel the Satanic Verses - which the late...
An outspoken Chinese writer and government critic says he has been blocked from leaving the country to participate in Europe's largest international literary festival in Cologne. Liao Yiwu, 52, said he was already on the plane in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday (1.3.2010) when a flight attendant told him people were looking for him. "A large group of...
Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, explains to Angie Man why she likes M.F.K Fisher so much and how the book has become her all time favourite.
David le Roux, a teacher recently turned fulltime artist, returns to his studio one afternoon to find his whole familiar world turned upside down. The woman who opens the door and welcomes him as her husband is a complete stranger to him. Has everything in his life been illusion? What if, indeed .?
This book is a sequence of war poems referring to 20th and 21st century conflicts that have involved British forces: among them, the First World War, the Second World War, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. Several of the poems are based on memories of the poet’s father.
Christine Van is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the festival. She talks to Noreen Mir about this year’s exciting line up and how we can encourage more reading and writing amongst our young adults!
Bright and talented, but at odds with her parents, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away to spend the next two years submerged in drugs, prostitution and despair on the streets of Vancouver. The journals she kept provide an account of life on the streets for a young girl.
The argument over the red dress is the final straw for fourteen-year-old Rifke. Fed up of living in stuffy Johannesburg with her crabby, difficult mother, she snaps and recklessly boards a train out of town. But her fantasy escape doesn't go exactly to plan, and Rifke ends up in the middle of nowhere. With no train home for thirty days, she is forced to stay...
Turkeys jus wanna play reggae Turkeys jus wanna hip-hop Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying, 'I cannot wait for de chop'? Hot, hip, playful and provocative, here are straight-talking poems from ground-breaking rap poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that...