News, views and behind-the-scenes articles about our books, productions, authors and artists.

Melissa Lee-Houghton wins Somerset Maugham Award

We’re delighted to announce that Melissa Lee-Houghton has won the 2017 Somerset Maugham Award for her third collection Sunshine. The prize honours published authors under the age of 35, and was awarded to Melissa and two other writers by the Society of Authors on Tuesday 20 June 2017. This continues to mark the incredible success [...]

Two Penned in the Margins Titles on Inaugural Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize

We are delighted to announce two Penned in the Margins books have been shortlisted for the inaugural Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize, the UK’s only prize for second collections. Both John McCullough’s Spacecraft and Emma Hammond’s The Story of No have been named as part of a six-strong list of contenders for the £5000 award. The new biennial [...]

Searching for a Form: Amaan Hyder on writing his debut collection At Hajj

A number of years ago I read a newspaper article about the Hajj. The writer described seeing people walking in a line in the group they were travelling with, their hands around the waist of the person in front so they wouldn’t get lost in the crowds of pilgrims. At around the same time, watching [...]

Female actor of colour sought for site-responsive production

Female actor of colour (Black British/African/Carribean or Mixed Race) sought to join ensemble for an innovative site-responsive production of a medieval epic poem. Fair Field is a major new project bringing the medieval ‘poem of crisis’ Piers Plowman to life for modern audiences. The production is composed collaboratively by a writing team including Annette Brook, [...]

Casting announced for Siddhartha Bose’s No Dogs, No Indians

A company of four British/ South Asian actors will take roles in new play No Dogs, No Indians, which examines three generations of resistance, sacrifice and discovery at the end of the British Empire in India and in the years that followed.