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Stephen Fry and Russia's Open Book Writing in the Age of Putin

Who is the new Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Gogol waiting to be discovered by the English-speaking world? Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin, hosted by Stephen Fry, seeks to answer this question.

This documentary gives a fascinating insight into the work of six contemporary Russian authors. Hosted by celebrated writer and actor Stephen Fry, it features interviews with Dmitry Bykov, Mariam Petrosyan, Zakhar Prilepin, Vladimir Sorokin, Anna Starobinets and Ludmila Ulitskaya.

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Girls Who Read (video)

22 November 2013 — 1 Comment

I’d like a girl who reads
Who needs the written word
& who uses the added vocabulary
She gleans from novels and poetry
To hold lively conversation
In a range of social situations
I want a girl who reads

It’s fairly obvious why we love this video from poet Mark Grist and director Guy Larsen, and we are far from alone; it has been viewed over two million times since it was posted less than a week ago.

Contains adult language


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“It’s very difficult to do happiness in novels in a sustained way.”

In this video recorded by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art earlier this year, Ian McEwan reflects on making romantic love work in fiction, the amazing evolution of the novel as a genre, and the mature writer as a toddler of old age.

Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning the prize in 1998 for Amsterdam. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012.

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8 Writing Tips from Paulo Coelho

On Confidence
You cannot sell your next book by underrating your book that was just published. Be proud of what you have.

On Trust
Trust your reader, don’t try to describe things. Give a hint and they will fulfill this hint with their own imagination.

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Filmed at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival in 2008, cult American writer David Sedaris reflects on some of the quirks of his homeland.
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1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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‘If you allow your people to talk, they will express themselves in a way that the writer might not have thought of.’
Joyce Carol Oates is the critically acclaimed author of over forty novels including The Falls and We Were the Mulvaneys. In this video recorded by, Oates discusses how a writer can develop realistic characters, using examples from her 2007 novel The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She also outlines a useful creative writing exercise that she provides her students.

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