Apocalyptic fiction helps us deal with the anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic

If reading a book about a pandemic appeals to you, go for it

Katy Shaw on New Writing North

Professor Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University.

Local news outlets can fill the media trust gap – but the public needs to pony up

“It’s a slow-motion crisis, the effects of which we’re just beginning to see.”

The complex, contradictory pleasures of pulp fiction

Pulp was the natural home of genre narrative: science fiction, crime, romance, westerns, horror and “weird” tales

Books: why the Internet hasn’t killed them off

Your book carries on living just by staying on your shelf because you talk about it, remember it, and refer to it in conversation

What big data can tell us about how a book becomes a best-seller

How does a book become a best-seller, and which types of books are more likely to make the list?

Old-school news: sensational, moralistic and, above all, sung

News events were regularly put into verse, printed on cheap broadsides and pamphlets, and sung to a familiar tune

Why ‘fair use’ is so important for South African copyright law

Entrenching fair use in South African copyright law is a way to ensure the country steps firmly into the present and, ultimately, is able to move into the future