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seamusheaney– In saddening cultural news this weekend, Nobel Prize winning Irish Poet Seamus Heaney died at the age of 74. The poet passed away Friday 30th August. An expansive biography of Heaney and his astounding legacy on contemporary poetry can be read at the Nobel Prize website, for those of us who are less keen to peruse Wikipedia to find such information: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1995/heaney-bio.html

– Novelist Alan Warner won the coveted James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Deadman’s Pedal, triumphing over Jenni Fagan, for her acclaimed novel The Panopticon, Kirsty Gunn and Ben Lerner.

– The Shortlist have generated some alternative gorgeous book covers for Shakespeare’s plays: http://www.shortlist.com/cool-stuff/design/alternative-shakespeare-book-covers

– Award-winning American writer Harlan Ellison, well-known for postapocalyptic short story ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’ among many other tales, novels and essays, has created his own Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XrlRQsRxYfuc47CCJN05w?feature=watch

– This is less literature, more language, but worthy of your attention just the same. Another amazing piece of webcomic magic over at The Oatmeal that explains in the best way possible (mayonnaise party! Potato hugging!) how and when to use who vs. whom: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/who_vs_whom

– The new Library of Birmingham, the biggest library in Europe, will officially open for the public on Tuesday 3rd September, allowing people to finally marvel at this approximately £188million design project.

– Ever wondered what a text from Miss Havisham would read like? Well look no further… Thanks to The Toast for providing us with this: http://bit.ly/14jlZBQ

– Richard and Judy, the daytime TV couple behind one of Britain’s most famous book clubs, have started a £50,000 competition for aspiring authors. A winning first-time writer will be chosen, who will win both the monetary deal with Quercus publishing and free literary agency advice from Furniss Lawton.

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