Margaret Atwood has submitted work to The Future Library, a project which will store her manuscript in order for it to be released in 100 years’ time. The project is based in Norway, stemming from an idea created by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. A batch of 1,000 trees has been planted in a woodland area, and in a century the trees will be cut down to be transformed into paper for Atwood’s manuscript (and other writers’ works) to be printed on. This sounds like a unique and amazing way to preserve contemporary work for future readers, just a shame we won’t be the ones to get the chance to appreciate them.
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens is heading to radio. This novel, from 1990, focuses on the quest by two characters, an angel and a demon, setting out to save the world from the apocalypse. Actors Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz will take the lead roles, and the production will air in December.
Actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) has written a children’s book with author Kristen Miller. I say children’s book, but it sounds more like a horror novel. Nightmares! is about a young boy forced to face his nightmares as they begin leaking from his imagination into the real world, wreaking havoc in the small town where he lives.
The Dylan Thomas Prize has a shortlist of seven novels: Eleanor Catton (Man Booker-Prize-winning The Luminaries), Joshua Ferris (To Rise Again at a Decent Hour), Eimear McBride (Bailey Prize-winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing), Kzeniya Melnik (Snow in May), Kei Miller (The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way), Owen Sheer (Mametz) and Naomi Wood (Mrs Hemingway). The prize, offered by Swansea University, is for £30,000 and only awarded to authors aged 39 and under.
Dylan Thomas Prize nominee Eleanor Catton has also been in the news for another reason this past week. The successful author is setting up a charitable grant to fund writers, with the lucky recipients receiving financial support to do what all booklovers enjoy: read. The purpose of the grant is to enable writers to get the ‘time to read’. One stipulation of the grant is that after a few months the author must write a short non-fiction piece based on the reading to share online with others.
The University of Leicester is opening an exhibition about the late author Sue Townsend, who passed away in April. The Adrian Mole creator donated her works and writings archive to the University. The exhibition is free for anyone to visit and will be open until early January.