Damian Lewis is to star in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. The Homeland actor will play Henry VIII in the television show.
Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ is to be commemorated by a unique theatrical experience. The poem was influenced by a train journey Larkin took from Hull to King’s Cross, and fans of the poem will be able to celebrate it with a train trip themselves – with added voice over recordings by Bill Nighy and actors boarding the train at different stages to re-enact the characters from Larkin’s poem.
Eoin Colfer, best known for writing the Artemis Fowl series, has been appointed the Irish children’s laureate.
Reading books is super trendy – always has been, always will be. But are there works of fiction (and non-fiction) that are more fashionable than others? Huffington Post have a selection of eighteen of the most hipster books of all time. From the charming to the try-hard, the titles picked out include works by authors such as Miranda July, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Lethem. Are these books you read because you want to, or because you think you have to? Take a look and find out.
Another interesting list for fiction lovers with tastes a little beyond the mainstream, Rolling Stone have put together the 50 best non-superhero graphic novels. It’s not all Batman and Marvel heroes these days, as this list containing Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, 100 Bullets and Preacher can attest.
Amazon.co.uk and Kindle have published a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime (including non-fiction such as Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and children’s titles such as the much-loved We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Amazon 100 books
The Bollinger Everyman Prize for comic fiction has a shortlist. Helen Fielding’s third Bridget Jones novel will compete against Sebastian Faulks, John Niven, Hanif Kureishi, Joseph O’Connor’s The Thrill of it All and Edward St Aubyn.
A bit of extra information for you all: Benedict Cumberbatch will be attending this year’s Hay Festival as an event panellist on 31 May. As he seems to be everyone’s favourite everything these days, this seems to be information worth sharing.