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A prize for all women, not just women writers

A prize for all women, not just women writers

Ahead of the announcement of the 2015 winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction on 3 June, we spoke to Kate Mosse, novelist and co-founder of the prize, about its beginnings, its huge successes to date, both in terms of sales and gender equality in the arts, and where they plan to take it from here. 

Friday poem: 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'

by W. B. Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night: “a book about us”

​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night: “a book about us”

Just before Christmas last year, we received a very special submission: a new novel by Kent Haruf, the author of the Plainsong books set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. Our Souls at Night is an exquisite book made all the more poignant by the fact that Kent very sadly passed away just a week after we in the UK received the book, and two days before the final copyedit was finished. We spoke to his wife, Cathy, about Kent’s writing and what this book means to her.​​

Can teachers be friends with their former students?

by Matthew Quick

When I was a young high school teacher, many of my students asked if we could perhaps have a beer together when they turned twenty-one, the legal drinking age here in The States. I always said, “Sure,” thinking they’d graduate and forget all about me.

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