The Freeword Centre
I’ve been receiving comment spam on this blog from dubious far flung companies. My apologies if you’ve had to read any. What’s been bamboozling about the comment spam, something I haven’t seen before, is it’s specific references to the post. From what I read online spam comment posters, real people from “far flung” are employed to send out the comment spam.
Nice phrase “ far flung.” I was feeling slightly far flung tonight when taking part as panellist in a debate “what value literature” alongside three distinguished panellists: Arts Council Director of Literature Srategy Antonia Byatt , Chairman and chief Executiveof Penguin Group John Makinson, Poet In The City Chief executive Graham Henderson and chaired by the Director for English PEN Jonathan Heawood .
The event took place in front of a packed audience in The Freeword Centre at 60 Farringdon road. It’s a compliment to Freeword that the audience was at least asinteresting and qualified as the panel proffering stimulating comments and questions throughout.
Encouraging news from Makinson announced tonight . Penguin is re-establishing the African writers series once made famous by Heinemann. It’s an exciting development for African writing and will be used to publish African writers in Africa. The series also republishes much of the previous Heinemann list but the new writing will be edited by Chinua Achebe. Please correct me if I have misintepreted.
We debated value in literature and enjoyed the audiences participation arriving at the inevitable discussion about The internet. This developed into a discussion about the entirely new way of accessing audience, of quality control. In fact each department of publishing - the writer, the product, the copyright, the market - is brought into question by the internet age. This place - the freeword centre - amazing.