Top 5 Most Read Articles
Week ending 17 March 2008
- “[Interview] Chris d’Lacey, Author of Fire Star.” Chris d’Lacey has published over twenty books for children. In this interview, he discusses his first attempts at writing and reveals how he ended up writing for children. He also talks about the challenges he faces as a writer and how he deals with these challenges.
- “PublishAmerica Responds.” The controversy surrounding PublishAmerica refuses to die. The company has been accused of being a ‘vanity press’ or an ‘author mill’ despite its claims that it is a ‘traditional’ advance- and royalty-paying publisher. In this article, a representative of the company reiterates its position while writers who’ve had their books published through PublishAmerica discuss their experiences with the company.
- “Major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series.” The Yale Drama Series is an annual playwriting competition sponsored by Yale University Press, Yale Repertory Theatre and the David Charles Horn Foundation to support emerging playwrights. The winner of the annual competition is awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. In addition, Yale Rep may exercise its right to option the play for a professional production.
- “[Interview] Playwright and Novelist Lucy Caldwell, Author of ‘Where They Were Missed’.” Lucy Caldwell is an award-winning playwright, a novelist and a short story author. In 2005, her first short play, The River won the P.M.A. Award for Most Promising Playwright while her first full-length play, Leaves, was awarded the 2006 George Devine Award. Also in 2006, her first novel, Where They Were Missed was placed on the EDS Dylan Thomas Prize longlist. In this interview, Lucy Caldwell speaks about some of the concerns that influence her.
- “Handwritten Yorkshire Ripper Letters go on Sale.” Between 1993 and 1995, Sandra Lester was in correspondence with one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, Peter Sutcliffe a.k.a. the Yorkshire Ripper. In the process, Lester received over 120 handwritten letters from Sutcliffe which included sketches, poems and jokes. Sandra Lester went on to publish The Ripper Unmasked: Confessions from Sutcliffe to a Hypnotist (Samzidat Press) which presents an account of her seven-year relationship with Peter Sutcliffe.