Lesley Glaister – The Squeeze

Lesley Glaister’s novel The Squeeze was published in August by Salt. Widely praised by a number of publications, The Daily Mail stated that ‘The Squeeze has the pace and plot points of a thriller, and the tension rarely ebbs. Glaister’s corvid eye for squalor grounds her story skilfully in the queasy humdrum even as the … Read more

The Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now

Don Paterson has edited (with Nick Laird) a major new anthology of poetry, The Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now (Penguin Modern Classics). Published at the end of March, the anthology has been described by The Irish Times as a work of “inspiring reach and passion.” Don has also been included in the … Read more

Zinnie Harris productions and shortlisting

Zinnie Harris’ production of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play, a number, opened on April 6th. Writing in the Herald, Neil Cooper stated that “in Harris’s hands, [the play] becomes an intense psycho-drama, which focuses on the play’s inherent plea for humanity in a tug of war between genetics and parental influence”. In February, Zinnie was also … Read more

Ashland & Vine

John Burnside’s novel, Ashland & Vine (Jonathan Cape), was published in February to great acclaim. It tells the story of the meeting between Kate Lambert, a young, semi-alcoholic film student, and Jean Culver, an elderly woman who offers to contribute to the former’s oral-history documentary on the condition that Kate stays sober for four days. … Read more

Oliver Emanuel wins BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Adaptation

Oliver Emanuel’s radio play Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money has won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Adaptation. This groundbreaking serialisation of all 20 novels of Zola’s Rougan-Macquart family saga aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2015. Oliver has written an account of the process of creating the work for the Oxford University … Read more