who remortgaged her house to fund writing her first novel, a blank verse mystery about Christopher Marlowe, has won the Desmond Elliott prize for debut fiction.
Barber's The Marlowe Papers was inspired by the academic Jonathan Bate's comment during a Channel 4 documentary that the theory Marlowe might have written Shakespeare's plays was the stuff of fiction and would make a great novel.
from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Desmond Elliott prize goes to former computer programmer
From the creation of the world and the great flood to the Book of Revelation, a 12-volume, 2,000-page comic-book version of the entire Bible is in the works in America--"the most complete graphic adaptation of the Bible ever done", according to its Christian publisher Kingstone.
The comic version, said Kingstone, is intended to "teach and explain the major stories and themes in the Bible in a historical and chronological manner".
from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Graphic version of the entire Bible to be published
Jeanette Winterson is set to write a "cover version" of Shakespeare's late play, The Winter's Tale, as part of a "major" new project reimagining Shakespeare's canon for a 21st-century audience.
Following the current trend for modern retellings of classic stories--Val McDermid, Joanna Trollope and Curtis Sittenfeld are all currently writing reworkings of Jane Austen--the Shakespeare project will launch in 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.
from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Shakespeare's canon to be reworked by authors including Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler
"Such a beautiful evening and in an hour, they say, England will be at war," wrote WH Auden on 1 September 1939 in an unpublished diary that sheds light on the composition of one of his most famous poems.
The journal was one of just three kept by the British poet.
from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Unseen WH Auden diary sheds light on famous poem and personal life
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who is white, has won a series of awards for her novels, which range across mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and have hit bestseller lists. She chose a setting of Memphis in the 1960s, just before Martin Luther King's assassination, for a detective series she wrote under the pseudonym Kris Nelscott in the late 1990s, in which her "detective, Smokey Dalton, happened to be black, because I knew he had grown up with Dr King".
from Alison Flood: The Guardian: US writer uses self-publishing to get past industry 'racism'