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Writing and Literature

A Guide to Supernatural Fiction

Presents an extensive guide to supernatural fiction and authors.

All Party Parliamentary Writers Group

Represents the interests of all writers; to safeguard their intellectual property rights; and to ensure they receive a fair level of recognition and reward for their contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

Association for Scottish Literary Studies

Educational charity that promotes the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. Includes a collection of resources, with information about publications, conferences, and materials for schools.

Best Books to Read

One avid reader provides extensive reviews of Chick Lit books. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Best-Books-To-Read/149209395117121 bestbooks1

Book Lore

Non commercial site featuring book reviews and related headlines.

The BookBag

Presenting thousands of different book reviews, categorised in a variety of ways.

Books and the City

Community for fans of Chick Lit books published by Simon and Schuster. bookminxsjv

Books from Finland

Literary journal of writing from and about Finland. Includes fiction, non fiction, authors, and reviews.


An independent charity encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books and the written word; provides details of their projects, campaigns, prizes and awards, and resources for schools. https://www.facebook.com/booktrust booktrust

British Council - Writers

Features a searchable database of the most important living writers in Britain and the Commonwealth.

British Council Literature

Works with hundreds of writers and literature partners to develop innovative projects and collaborations.

Commonwealth Foundation: Commonwealth Writers

Inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It then links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.

Contact an Author

Database which allows users to find and contact an author for talks, workshops, interviews and commissions.

Crime Squad

Online newsletter covering all things to do with crime fiction.

Crime Time

Magazine focusing on crime fiction, with reviews and competitions.

Crystal Clear Creators

Non profit arts organisation devoted to developing and publishing new writing. Includes information on events, courses and publications.

The Dark Pages

Home of Simon and Schuster's crime fiction list, with reviews and competitions. dark_pages

East of the Web

Hub for short stories and interactive fiction, with advice on submission.

European Prize for Literature

Exists to highlight the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature, and encourages interest in non-national literary works.

Fantasy Book Reviews

Features fantasy book reviews, biographies, latest news and articles.

Festival of Romance

Annual festival celebrating everything to do with romantic fiction; includes ticketing and conference information.

Free Word

A consortium of literature and free expression organisations offering a range of facilities, events, conferences, and resources; includes background to the project, news, and contacts.

French Book News

Promotes French books in English speaking countries. Introduces the books in English, and provides grants and resources for translation.

The Goodbookstall

Presenting reviews of Christian books, plus a directory of Christian bookshops and suppliers. https://www.facebook.com/thegoodbookstall gbsreviews

Guardian Books

Books, reading and literature portal providing book news, reviews and discussion from the Guardian newspaper.

Henty Society

Founded in 1977 to bring together others from around the world who shared a mutual interest in George Alfred Henty (1832-1902), author of historical adventures for young readers.


Runs a variety of programmes and workshops aimed at exploring the potential of new media for both writers and readers.

The Independent: Books

Offering author interviews, book reviews and book news from the Independent. indybooks

Literature Wales

The national company for the development of literature in Wales; offers information about events, the national writing centre, projects and programmes, bursaries and awards, plus a searchable database of Welsh writers.

Literature Wales

National Company for the development of literature in Wales. Features news, a database of Welsh writers and information on events, grants, writing opportunities and competitions.

Love Reading

Resource for those who love reading. Includes book news, reviews, like for like facility, extracts and commentary, with buying links.

Meet the Author

Allows authors to introduce their books in their own words. Includes a library of video clips and brief profiles, with details of their service for writers.

Metro Books

Features book reviews and the latest book related news items, from the Metro newspaper.

The Ministry of Stories

A project in London, initiated by author Nick Hornby, to help young people write their own stories; includes a guide to the project, sample writings, news and a blog, and volunteer opportunities.

The Nudge Network

Community for book lovers offering reviews, book news, event and festival listings and social networking features. https://www.facebook.com/nudgemenow therealnudge

Read It Swap It

Free UK wide online book swapping service, where users can register books they have finished with and seek those they want to read.

Reading Agency

Charity which encourages people to read more. Provides information on their history and ethos, plus many resources and links for different age groups.

Reading Groups for Everyone

Provides a national directory of readers' groups, with news, and a library of useful resources and tips for organisers and anybody thinking of starting one. http://www.facebook.com/readingagency readingagency

The Recusant

Publish online any poems, prose pieces, fiction, articles, reviews that they think interesting, imaginative and powerful.

Royal Society of Literature

Dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of British literature. Includes details of events, lectures, awards and campaigns.

Scottish Book Trust

Established to promote literature, reading, and writing in Scotland; includes a guide to their programmes for young people and adults, projects, news, resources, and links.

Short Stories

Presents a selection of short stories by David Deacon.

Six Book Challenge

Invites less confident readers to read six books and record their reading in a diary in order to receive incentives, a certificate and the chance to enter a national prize draw.

The Society of Authors

Formed to support and represent the interests of professional writers; includes a guide to their services, membership and benefits, grants and prizes, with news, resources, and contacts.

The Spectator: Books

Provides book reviews and literature commentary from this magazine.

Swedish Book Review

Magazine published twice a year with translated extracts from the works of Swedish writers.

Tangled Web UK

Features an online library of crime, mystery and science fiction book reviews, resources and author profiles.

Telegraph Books

Contains the latest book reviews and publishing industry news from The Telegraph. telegraphbooks

Time to Read

An initiative in the north west of England to encourage new readers into libraries; includes events and projects, profiles of writers with a local connection, details of readers' groups, and contacts.


Digital publishing platform which allows readers to fund and support ideas for new works before they are written, in return for a variety of rewards.

Verses 4 Cards

Collection of free to use poems, verses, wishes and quotes for greeting cards, scrapbooking, speeches, and eulogies.

Wales Literature Exchange

Connects writers, translators and publishers in Wales and abroad. Includes news of awards, grants, festivals and bookfairs.

Write Good Read

Community where aspiring writers can interact with keen readers. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Write-Good-Read/298164400208925

You're Booked

Online ezine and community for crime writers and readers. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Theakstons-Old-Peculier-Crime-Writing-Festival-Harrogate/123270202829 theakstonscrime

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