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15 July 2022
Months ago, as Russian forces invaded Ukraine, we asked poets, writers and thinkers to share their writing around the crisis. This was our 'Borderline' open call, published in The Lit Issue 4. As the situation in Ukraine battles on, we have chosen to publish further responses to our Borderline open call, to platform voices responding to - and those living on - the front line of war. Four pieces of poetry have been selected, by poets from Canada to Kyiv, writing about the songs of nightingales to theological visions.
14 June 2022
A literary festival celebrating contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the African diaspora
9 March 2022
The world can feel overwhelming in dark times like these, and the individual powerless. At The Literary Platform, we stand with the people of Ukraine. Now, more than ever, we need to hear the voices of those affected by war.
5 January 2022
A boundary, a connector, an edge. The Lit’s open call is live for your short fiction and poetry around the theme of 'lines'.
11 November 2021
Can art save the world? Publisher Anna Kiernan looks behind the facts and finds answers in experiences, thought and emotion.
30 September 2021
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing excerpts from the new book written by publisher of The Lit Platform, Anna Kiernan. This text is the result of her research, which focuses on writing culture and cultural value. The academic title tells a comprehensive story of writing and publishing culture in a post-digital era, and has been described as ‘…A pragmatic and richly informed reflection on what literary writing was, is, and might become.' (Danielle Barrios-O’Neill, Head of Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, UK)
28 September 2021
"We don’t need to have climbed mountains or hiked trails to be resilient. Writing is a really good way of reminding yourself that.” Explorer and author Gail Muller tells us about the healing power of writing in her new memoir, Unlost.
26 September 2021
Two part-time, paid roles:
Assistant Art Director
Read on if this sounds like you...
14 September 2021
What is nature writing? What does it do, who is it for, and can it help us think about the climate crisis? These questions were threaded throughout this year’s Wainwright Prize ceremony, an award given to books that celebrate and nurture a respect for the natural world.
13 May 2021
‘This is your book. This is your story. You make the rules. The writing revolution starts now.’ Author and writing workshop facilitator Beverley Ward has released a new anti-rule book for young writers, inspired by her exasperating experience of the curriculum during lockdown home schooling. At all ages, writing without restraint is something we should practice, so she's shared some common writing rules to break - and a writing prompt to start us off...
9 April 2021
We’re heralding the return of book shops with a list of our (and your) favourite indies across the globe.
10 March 2021
Yes, getting a job in publishing is competitive. But it’s not impossible, and there are a few things you can do to increase the chance of success. These tips are from Fiz Osborne, who has been working in the publishing industry for 15 years and is currently Editorial Director of the Illustrated Books list at Scholastic.
4 March 2021
The Tilt is an anthology by The Lit Platform, co-produced by the emerging writers and publishers on the Lit:Up 2020 mentoring programme
18 February 2021
As a subscriber to The Lit Platform, we are giving you an exclusive first read of novelist Sofia Abasolo's short story 'Gusset', from her chapter in our anthology of new writing, The Tilt. As her mentor Yara Rodrigues Fowler describes; "'Gusset' shows what Abasolo is so good at - telling a story that spans almost two decades in a short space; a story about poverty and grief that never dehumanises her characters or luxuriates in their misery."
20 January 2021
Can literature be a form of climate activism? In The Lit Issue 3, novelists Ben Smith, Liz Jensen and Gregory Norminton explore the tools that fiction writers need to have at their disposal to depict our changing world.
2 December 2020
Two weeks ago, I went to a conference. In between project deadlines, school pick-ups, cooking tea, and team catch-ups. Here’s what I learnt…
5 November 2020
Jini Reddy, author of ‘Wanderland’, shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize, held a workshop with The Lit Platform about her career journey. She also shared tips for writers and took questions. Sadly, we lost the recording of the session (!) but here are some of the additional resources Jini shared.
30 October 2020
Galley Beggar, author, and literary journalist Sam Jordison tells The Lit Platform about what he looks for in a manuscript, the process of publishing a 1,000 page award-winning title and why it’s worth taking a punt on setting up your own small press.