Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Great Regulars: Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury's writing,

is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to a website is denied for legal reasons the user is given the status code 451.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message


London is set to be bombarded by poetry on Tuesday evening as Chilean arts collective Casagrande prepares to drop 100,000 poems from a helicopter over the south bank of the Thames.

The event, which opens what is being called the biggest gathering of poets in world history, Poetry Parnassus, will take place at 9.15pm on Tuesday over the Southbank Centre's Jubilee Gardens, next to the London Eye.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: London prepares for poetry bombing


[Margaret] Atwood has signed up to Wattpad to share her writing with its online community of nine million other users. Describing herself as "a writer since 1956" on her online profile, Atwood has posted two new poems on the website, is planning to share a piece of fiction this autumn and will also be the final judge of a poetry contest to be held in July.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Margaret Atwood joins story-sharing website Wattpad


The poems were rescued from oblivion by the author's widow Sarah Fowles while clearing through his papers. She gave Adam Thorpe, the poet, novelist and playwright, access to the manuscripts, and he has worked through the difficult-to-decipher material over the last five years to create Selected Poems, out next month from tiny publisher Flambard Press.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: New John Fowles poems published


[Dylan] Calder called the festival "literature in promenade". "This is about using the people who know best how to entertain children: children's illustrators, writers and poets. It's about giving them some real artistic responsibility," he said. "Visitors here don't have to sit down and be quiet for an hour while someone reads to them. It will be quite noisy, and you can dip in and out."

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Pop Up Festival of Stories makes a noise about children's books


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