Pottermore is to allow free e-book library loans of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for two weeks.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a scathing post-election poem.

The Adventures with Words podcast is back, weekly from now on, and this week they discuss the Emerald Literary Festival and what they’ve been reading lately.

The latest Backlisted! podcast episode discusses Crystal Zevon’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.

This is The Place – Choose Love Manchester, a book being developed “to help raise money for victims’ charities and other locally-based charitable organisations” in Manchester, has already raised forty thousand pounds.

Among a diverse selection of writers, Michael Longley is nominated for the prestigious Forward Poetry prize.