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  • "Kanye West is Not Picasso" from The Flame by Leonard Cohen
    MacmillanAudio
    01:26
    Audiobooks
    46,501

    Listen to the poem "Kanye West is Not Picasso" read by Michael Shannon, an excerpt from Leonard Cohen's THE FLAME audiobook, read by Margaret Atwood, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Ross Marquand, Will Patton, Seth Rogen, Michael Shannon, and Neela Vaswani. The Flame is the final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death. Just weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen told The New Yorker that he was ready for the end to come. He just wanted enough time to put his last book in order. Fortunately, that time was granted. The Flame is Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a valedictory collection of lyrics and poems that maps his singular creative journey. As noted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s citation, “For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song - his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core.” In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the chart-topping You Want It Darker, The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully over the years. Listeners will hear about the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world. In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Tombland by C. J. Sansom - Exclusive Audio Preview 1
    Pan Macmillan Audio
    23:42
    Audiobooks
    578

    The first audio extract in Pan Macmillan’s pre-publication #Shardlakelistenathon to celebrate the new Shardlake novel, Tombland by C. J. Sansom, which is out this Thursday. Tombland is the seventh novel in C. J. Sansom's number one bestselling Shardlake series. Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . . The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry’s younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn – a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother – which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake’s former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith's death, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England’s second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry . . . https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Tombland-Audiobook/B07DDMJRQ1 https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/c-j-sansom/tombland/9781447284482

  • The Holy Vible, written and read by Elis James and John Robins
    OrionBooks
    05:46
    Audiobooks
    440

    Click here to buy: https://adbl.co/2EhfpUX 'Elis and John are my go-to place when I need a bloody good laugh. Properly funny!' Sarah Millican Comedians Elis James and John Robins have captured the hearts and minds of a generation, and it's time those hearts and minds had a book. Or an audiobook, that not only features extra nuggets and riffs that are too hot for the printed page, but also serves as an excellent showreel should you wish to book Elis or John for lucrative voice over work. Elis and John met in 2005 performing stand-up comedy in a pub called The Yellow Kangaroo in Cardiff. They eyed each other suspiciously before Robins offered the limpest handshake in the history of the world. 'It was a power play,' says Robins. 'I may even have raised it for him to kiss.' James expands: 'It was one of the weirdest things I'd ever experienced, but having known John now for over a decade, it was the tip of the iceberg. I can honestly say he's the oddest man I've ever met.' Little did they know that ten years later they would be presenting a radio show together that would make them comedy royalty... Ok, radio comedy royalty...Ok, commercial digital indie radio royalty...But with a podcast! Now, The Elis James and John Robins' Show has become cult listening, and that cult has registered for charitable status, published quarterly accounts and been given a full blessing by the Archbishop of Broadcasting. It's official: Elis and John are a religion, and this book is their Holy Vible. Have you ever failed to Keep It Session? Is your new flatmate a complete coin? Have you ever eaten Space Raiders on the toilet and written 'Grief Is Living' in your journal? Then this book is for you. If not, don't worry, it won't be long before you're making up games, looking at Freddie, or facing your own personal farthing-gate. Our obsessions make us what we are, and though you may never have addressed a will to Brian May or cried watching Ronnie O' Sullivan make a 147, you'll have done something similar, and Elis and John are here to tell you that you're not weird, so come on in, and taste the vibe! Or should I say, READ the vibe! Read by Elis and John, and featuring bonus material and an exclusive introduction. (p) Orion Publishing Group 2018

  • Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures - Series 8A (trailer)
    big-finish
    02:44
    Audiobook
    555

    Available from www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/series-08-volume-1-1642 The Syndicate Masterplan (Part 1) This set contains: The Sinestran Kill by Andrew Smith The Enchantress of Numbers by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris Planet of the Drashigs by Phil Mulryne The False Guardian by Guy Adams

  • Fixed Forever by Laurelin Paige, Narrated by Carly Robins and Jeremy York
    Audible
    15:37
    Audiobooks
    171

    A new full-length novel in the Fixed series from New York Times best-selling author Laurelin Paige. Hudson Pierce - You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home. You weren't always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds. Does your wife know all your secrets? Would she stand behind you if she did? You think because she's on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet. Sleep tight, you two. - An Old Friend. Final book in the Fixed series. Book One: Fixed on You Book Two: Found in You Book Three: Forever with You Book Four: Hudson Book Five: Fixed Forever Chandler, a stand-alone in the Fixed Universe, is also recommended but not necessary to enjoy this series finale. Fixed Forever on Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B07GC89J8D&source_code=AUDORWS0827149ASR

  • JESUS TE LLAMA por Sarah Young
    HarperAudio_US
    18:45
    Audiobooks
    188

    Comprar Audiolibro - https://amzn.to/2IVzwvS Narrador por Fabiola Stevenson. Jesús te llama es un devocional excepcional lleno de tesoros inspirados del cielo para cada día del año. Después de muchos años de escribir en su diario de oración, la misionera Sarah Young decidió "escuchar" a Dios con pluma en mano, poniendo por escrito cualquier cosa que Él le decía. Fue embarazoso al principio, pero poco a poco sus encuentros diarios cambiaron de monólogo a diálogo. Ella sabía que sus escritos no eran inspirados como lo son las Sagradas Escrituras, pero estos encuentros escritos le ayudaron a crecer en su acercamiento a Dios. Otras personas han sido bendecidas al ella compartir sus escritos, de tal manera que personas en todo el mundo están usando sus mensajes. Estos están escritos desde el punto de vista de Jesucristo, de ahí el título Jesús te llama. Es la oración ferviente de Sarah que nuestro Salvador bendiga a los oyentes en abundancia con su presencia y su paz.

  • Chelsey Minnis talks to Emily Berry
    The Poetry Society
    34:50
    poetry
    836

    Listen in on influential US poet Chelsey Minnis, author of Poemland, Zirconia, Foxina, Bad Bad and the just-published Baby, I Don’t Care, in a highly entertaining interview with Poetry Review editor Emily Berry. Their conversation ranges across Chelsey’s obsession with Turner Classic Movies TV channel, the usefulness of screenplay structures, being influenced and being an influencer, reading and rereading Plath, Whitman, Chekhov’s plays and Patricia Highsmith’s novels, and the relationships between poetry, play and money.

  • SHOOK ONE Audiobook Excerpt - Dr. Ish
    Simon & Schuster Audio
    04:12
    Audiobooks
    302

    Listen to an excerpt read by Dr. Ish from SHOOK ONE by Charlamagne Tha God, read by the author with Dr. Ish.

  • The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection - extract from Wuthering Heights
    Penguin Books UK
    01:28
    Audiobooks
    253

    The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love. Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

  • Rejoice by Steve Erikson, read by Laurence Bouvard
    OrionBooks
    05:25
    Audiobooks
    154

    Click here to buy: https://adbl.co/2HnzmfQ From the bestselling author of the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen, comes a story of mankind's first contract and a warning about our future. An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. It's mission is to save the Earth's ecosystem - and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must make a choice. Should it save mankind or wipe it out? Are we worth it? The AI is all-powerful, and might as well be a god. So it sets up some conditions. Violence is now impossible. Large-scale destruction of natural resources is impossible. Food and water will be provided for those who really, truly need them. You can't even bully someone on the internet any more. The old way of doing things is gone. But a certain thin-skinned US president, among others, is still wedded to late-stage capitalism. Can we adapt? Can we prove ourselves worthy? And are we prepared to give up free will for a world without violence? And above it all, on a hidden spaceship, one woman watches. A science fiction writer, she was abducted from the middle of the street in broad daylight. She is the only person the AI will talk to. And she must make a decision. Read by Laurence Bouvard. (p) Orion Publishing Group Ltd 2018

  • Eggshells, By Caitriona Lally, Read by Olivia Caffrey
    HarperCollins Publishers
    15:25
    Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
    153

    WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE 2018 A modern Irish literary gem for anyone who has felt like the odd one out. ‘Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving’ GUARDIAN ‘Wildly funny’ THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ‘Beguiling’ THE IRISH TIMES ‘Delightfully quirky’ THE IRISH INDEPENDENT Vivian is an oddball. An unemployed orphan living in the house of her recently deceased great aunt in North Dublin, Vivian boldly goes through life doing things in her own peculiar way, whether that be eating blue food, cultivating ‘her smell’, wishing people happy Christmas in April, or putting an ad up for a friend called Penelope to check why it doesn’t rhyme with antelope. But behind her heroic charm and undeniable logic, something isn’t right. With each attempt to connect with a stranger or her estranged sister doomed to misunderstanding, someone should ask: is Vivian OK? A poignant and delightful story of belonging that plays with the myth of the Changeling and takes us by the hand through Dublin. A poetic call for us all to accept each other and find the Vivian within.

  • Eggshells, By Caitriona Lally, Read by Olivia Caffrey
    HarperCollins Publishers
    15:26
    Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
    59

    WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE 2018 A modern Irish literary gem for anyone who has felt like the odd one out. ‘Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving’ GUARDIAN ‘Wildly funny’ THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ‘Beguiling’ THE IRISH TIMES ‘Delightfully quirky’ THE IRISH INDEPENDENT Vivian is an oddball. An unemployed orphan living in the house of her recently deceased great aunt in North Dublin, Vivian boldly goes through life doing things in her own peculiar way, whether that be eating blue food, cultivating ‘her smell’, wishing people happy Christmas in April, or putting an ad up for a friend called Penelope to check why it doesn’t rhyme with antelope. But behind her heroic charm and undeniable logic, something isn’t right. With each attempt to connect with a stranger or her estranged sister doomed to misunderstanding, someone should ask: is Vivian OK? A poignant and delightful story of belonging that plays with the myth of the Changeling and takes us by the hand through Dublin. A poetic call for us all to accept each other and find the Vivian within.

  • Bond Bombshell by Gemma Halliday, Narrated by Julia Motyka
    Audible
    04:53
    Audiobooks
    229

    aya Alexander is the organized-and-in-charge office manager of the Bond Agency, Los Angeles's premier PI firm, specializing in catching cheating husbands. But when Maya is thrust into the field to catch her first mark in the act, she realizes this case is personal. Her mark just happens to be her ex-fiancé... and things did not end well between them. Can Maya prove that he's repeating his past mistakes with his current wife? Or is something more sinister happening in this Beverly Hills couple's life? Maya's past may have come back to haunt her, but she's determined to prove that no one can fool a Bond Girl. Bond Bombshell by Gemma Halliday on Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00QFR0282&source_code=AUDORWS1118149BMG

  • GUTS AND GENIUS by Bob Glauber. Read by Jamie Renell - Audiobook Excerpt
    HachetteAudio
    07:15
    Audiobooks
    50

    How three football legends -- Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and Bill Parcells -- won eight Super Bowls during the 1980s and changed football forever. Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells dominated what may go down as the greatest decade in pro football history, leading their teams to a combined eight championships and developing some of the most gifted players of all time in the process. Walsh, Gibbs and Parcells developed such NFL stars as Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, Art Monk and Darrell Green. They resurrected the careers of players like John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Everson Walls and Hacksaw Reynolds. They did so with a combination of guts and genius, built championship teams in their own likeness, and revolutionized pro football like few others. Their influence is still evident in today's game, with coaches who either worked directly for them or are part of their coaching trees now winning Super Bowls and using strategy the three men devised and perfected. In interviews with more than 150 players, coaches, family members and friends, GUTS AND GENIUS digs into the careers of three men who overcame their own insecurities and doubts to build Hall of Fame legacies that transformed their generation and continue to impact today's NFL. Available November 20, 2018 from Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in Print and Ebook from Twelve. Pre-order here: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781549194801-guts-and-genius Check out our other great titles and more at: http://www.hachetteaudio.com Follow us at: twitter.com/HachetteAudio www.tumblr.com/blog/hachetteaudio www.facebook.com/HachetteAudio

  • AND THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN BURNED by Ray McPadden. Read by MacLeod Andrews - Audiobook Excerpt
    HachetteAudio
    07:30
    Audiobooks
    137

    From four-tour combat veteran and debut author Ray McPadden, AND THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN BURNED is a vivid portrayal of soldiers facing battle, death, and elusive enemies deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. Sergeant Nick Burch has returned to the crags of tribal Afghanistan seeking vengeance. Burch's platoon has one goal: to capture or kill an elusive insurgent, known as the Egyptian, a leader who is as much myth as he is man, highly revered and guarded by ferocious guerrillas. The soldiers of Burch's platoon look to him for leadership, but as the Egyptian slips farther out of reach, so too does Burch's battle-worn grasp on reality. Private Danny Shane, the youngest soldier in the platoon, is learning how to survive. For Shane, hunting the Egyptian is secondary. First he must adapt to the savage conditions of the battlefield: crippling heat, ravenous sand fleas, winds thick with moondust, and a vast mountain range that holds many secrets. Shane is soon chiseled by combat, shackled by loyalty, and unflinchingly marching toward a battle from which there is no return. A new enemy has emerged, one who has studied the American soldiers and adapted to their tactics. Known as Habibullah, a teenage son of the people, he stands in brazen defiance of the Ameriki who have come to destroy what his ancestors have built. The American soldiers may be tracking the Egyptian, but Habibullah is tracking them, and he knows these lands far better than they do. With guns on full-auto, Shane and Burch trek into the deepest solitudes of the Himalayas. Under soaring peaks, dark instinct is laid bare. To survive, Shane and Burch must defeat not just Habibullah's militia but the beast inside themselves. AND THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN BURNED reveals, in stunning, ruthless detail, the horrors of war, the courage of soldiers, and the fact that no matter how many enemies we vanquish, there is always another just over the next ridge. Available November 6, 2018 from Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in Print and Ebook from Center Street. Pre-order here: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781549117336-and-the-whole-mountain-burned https://www.downpour.com/and-the-whole-mountain-burned?sp=276886 https://audiobookstore.com/audiobooks/and-the-whole-mountain-burned.aspx Check out our other great titles and more at: http://www.hachetteaudio.com Follow us at: twitter.com/HachetteAudio www.tumblr.com/blog/hachetteaudio www.facebook.com/HachetteAudio

  • In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin, read by James Macpherson
    OrionBooks
    05:17
    Audiobooks
    208

    Click here to buy: https://adbl.co/2IViRrQ IN A HOUSE OF LIES... Everyone has something to hide A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched, ten years ago. Everyone has secrets Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Nobody is innocent Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. None more so than Detective John Rebus. Read by James MacPherson (p) Orion Publishing Group 2018

  • The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection - extract from Jane Eyre
    Penguin Books UK
    01:56
    Audiobooks
    172

    The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale. 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love.

  • Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh, read by the authors
    PRH Audio
    05:16
    44

    Learn more: https://bit.ly/2pLYC7v LinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies. What entrepreneur or founder doesn’t aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what separates the startups that get disrupted and disappear from the ones who grow to become global giants? The secret is blitzscaling: a set of techniques for scaling up at a dizzying pace that blows competitors out of the water. The objective of Blitzscaling is not to go from zero to one, but from one to one billion –as quickly as possible. When growing at a breakneck pace, getting to next level requires very different strategies from those that got you to where you are today. In a book inspired by their popular class at Stanford Business School, Hoffman and Yeh reveal how to navigate the necessary shifts and weather the unique challenges that arise at each stage of a company’s life cycle, such as: how to design business models for igniting and sustaining relentless growth; strategies for hiring and managing; how the role of the founder and company culture must evolve as the business matures, and more. Whether your business has ten employees or ten thousand, Blitzscaling is the essential playbook for winning in a world where speed is the only competitive advantage that matters.

  • Doctor Who - The First Doctor Adventures Volume 3 - Trailer
    big-finish
    01:51
    Audiobooks
    166

    Get it at Big Finish - https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-first-doctor-adventures-volume-03-1868 Synopsis 3.1 The Phoenicians by Marc Platt 3.2 Tick-Tock World by Guy Adams Story details to follow Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: Marc Platt, Guy Adams Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast David Bradley (The Doctor), Claudia Grant (Susan), Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright), Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton), Carole Ann Ford (The Woman) More cast details to be confirmed.

  • The Book Show S5 #11 Garrett Carr
    The Book Show RTE Radio 1
    27:01
    45

    This week the Book Show travels to Belfast to hear how writers there are reworking old tales, discovering new styles and travelling beyond established binaries. Presenter Garrett Carr begins at the Stormont Assembly which hasn’t sat for a year and a half. He meets Michael Hughes here. His most recent novel, Country, is a retelling of Homer’s Iliad. The legendary battle for Troy has now moved the Irish border and the year is 1996. A ceasefire has been declared but not all the paramilitaries are happy to lay down their arms. Hughes tells Garrett how he found his way to writing about violence in Northern Ireland and how, in many ways, Homer’s story of Achilles, Paris, Agamemnon and the Gods seemed like a perfect fit for the conflict between Nationalists and Loyalists. Writers Jan Carson (Malcolm Orange Disappears, Children’s Children) and Paul McVeigh (The Good Son) tell Garrett that living abroad gave them a different perspective on the North. People didn’t understand it or simply didn’t want to. In Carson’s case, the reactions people had to events like the Loyalist bonfire pyres or Lambeg Drums - their astonishment at the visual aspects of these Protestant symbols - allowed her to experiment in magical realism and allowed her to move beyond issues of conflict and sectarian divide. Similarly Paul McVeigh wrote a novel about a young boy growing up in Catholic Ardoyne but his book resonates across all communities because its themes - poverty, sexual awakening, class - are universal. Both writers feel that with the political voices largely silent in the North - or at odds with the majority of their public - writers are filling a void. There’s anger and there’s an appetite for change. Writers are responding to this. In East Belfast Garrett meets Wendy Erskine whose debut collection of stories, Sweet Home, has been published by Stinging Fly Press. The area is a traditional Protestant working class area of the city with a good range of independent businesses as well as a growing community of migrants and non-nationals. Her characters live in the area and lead what she calls mundane lives. This is what interests her and she says that she is interested in characters who are weak or vulnerable - rather than a mighty success - as they have more to offer the reader. She says that while the old binaries and political divisions do continue to frame the lives of many people in the North, her characters have moved beyond them. ‘’They’ve so much else going on’’, she says.

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