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Kureshi Accuses BBC of Censorship

Hanif Kureshi‘s National Short Story Prize-nominated story was supposed to be read on the BBC, but that didn’t happen after concluding that the broadcast timing of “Weddings and Beheadings” “would not be right” following unconfirmed reports that kidnapped BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston had been killed by a jihadist group, reports the Guardian. Kureshi hit back, saying he was angry at the decision, which he described as a result of “stupid thinking” on the part of BBC executives. “There are journalists and newspapers in peril all the time around the world. We support them by supporting freedom of speech rather than by censoring ourselves.”

Maureen Freely, best known as Orhan Pamuk‘s translator, is also shaking her head at the decision, calling it “doubly dishonest.” “First they ban the story and then they try to convince us that actually, they haven’t. First they broadcast wall-to-wall coverage of 1001 Baghdad bombs, and then they say we’re too delicate to consider the same hell from a different angle. But isn’t that what art is meant to do – challenge received opinion and make us think?”

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Dateline LBF: Day One Deals & Tidbits

  • Booktwo is running a live Twitter feed from LBF. We’ll be checking it obsessively, no doubt.
  • Quercus‘s Sue Freestone beat out several other publishers to secure the UK rights to Canadian Donna Milner‘s debut novel, AFTER RIVER. (PN)
  • John Calder hands over eponymous publishing program to Alma Books. (PN, 1st item.)
  • Publishing Associations speak out about China’s intellectual piracy. (the Bookseller)
  • Keynote speech from non-executive chairman Simon Master. (PN)
  • Jamie Oliver signs with longtime publisher Penguin to tell his life story. (the Bookseller)
  • Journal prices: even more ridiculously expensive than previously thought. (the Bookseller)
  • Hanif Kureshi‘s first novel since 2001, SOMETHING TO TELL YOU, will be published by Faber in 2008. All other rights are still available. (the Bookseller)
  • Peter Collinridge posts a rejected Bookseller piece on the dangers of adopting technology too quickly

National Short Story Prize Shortlists

The National Short Story Prize, the largest award for a single short story in the world has announced its nominees:

“Slog’s Dad”, by David Almond
“The Morena”, by Jonathan Falla
“The Orphan and the Mob”, by Julian Gough
“How to Get Away with Suicide” by Jackie Kay
“Weddings and Beheadings” by Hanif Kureshi

The winning story (awarded 15,000 pounds, with the runner-up 3,000 pounds and the rest 500 pounds) will be announced at a breakfast ceremony at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) headquarters in Piccadilly, London on Monday 23 April 2007 and broadcast live at 8.20am on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme. Atlantic Books will publish the shortlist as a collection of stories in May, and the winning short story will also be published in Prospect magazine.