Librivox

I’m a big fan of audiobooks – a great way to enjoy stories when it isn’t possible to pick up a book – and Librivox has a great catalogue. The works on offer are out of (US) copyright and are free to download, though they do advise you to check the...

People Reading

A blog I’ve been reading for ten years – indeed, since it started! – is People Reading. In each post, Sonya Worthy snaps a photo of someone on the street reading a book. She then interviews them briefly and finds out what they’re reading and why....

FutureLearn

FutureLearn works with unis and cultural institutions around the world to create courses on some pretty interesting topics – all for free – from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone. They’re super accessible and are a great way to intro yourself to or brush...

Writing cabanas

Roald Dahl had one. Virginia Woolf had one. Thoreau went to one to live deliberately. Hemingway had one over his garage with a bridge to his bedroom. Now I’m building one too. Sandwiched between the chicken yard and the sheep pen on my friend’s farm,...

Book Fight

One of my very favourite podcasts, Book Fight—subtitle: “tough love for literature”—is an irreverent and often hilarious show about books and writing from two of the editors at Barrelhouse magazine. If you like the sound of a podcast which successfully...

Firewords Issue 6

It’s always a pleasure when Firewords pops up in my letterbox. Even the envelope is pretty! I was pretty excited to see that Krishan Coupland has a story in there – he’s the editor of the very excellent Neon which, if you haven’t checked it out, you...