Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

In Conversation with Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen is a novelist, creative writing teacher and all-round maven of the printed page. Her novel Dear Thing is a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club 2014 selection; and damn right, … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Interview with Mick Jackson

In the first of a series of author interviews over the next few months Sam talks to Mick Jackson about The Widow’s Tale, Norfolk, home-made speed cameras, Holbein prints, widowhood, … Continue reading

April 14, 2010 · 3 Comments

Interview: Sam Kelly and David Bishop on Napier University’s New Creative Writing MA

Napier Universityin Edinburgh is launching a new Creative Writing MA  with a difference. Not only is there a big focus on genre (with modules in screenwriting and NO poetry) but  … Continue reading

June 19, 2009 · 13 Comments

Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark: How Not To Write A Novel: 200 mistakes to avoid at all costs if you ever want to get published.

I am not sure why I wanted to read this book (except that, as so often, I was reeled in by the witty cover – a handgun pointed at a … Continue reading

March 11, 2009 · 12 Comments



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