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Faber and Faber Ltd

Faber and Faber was founded in 1929 and is one of the UK’s leading independent publishing houses. The firm boasts a historic catalogue featuring 12 Nobel Laureates, six Booker Prize-winners and some of the foremost literary figures of the twentieth century.

Faber has never been cowed by the ultramodern: under the direction of TS Elliot, works of poetry, biography, art and architecture monographs, essays and avant-garde ecology featured prominently; and this pioneering spirit is evident today in new ventures such as Fiber Finds, Faber Digital, the Faber Academy and the Faber Factory brand.

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  • 2012-2013: £40,000
  • 2013-2014: £40,000
  • 2014-2015: £40,000

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Welcome to Faber Members

Faber Members is a free-to-join programme from one of the world's great publishers. Sign up for: • 15% off all books from Faber.co.uk (excl Ltd Editions) • 15% off all Faber Academy courses • Exclusive access to buy hand-bound Collectors' Editions including authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Seamus Heaney, Milan Kundera & Simon Armitage • Invitations to Members-only events & Masterclasses Visit www.FaberMembers.com and become a Faber Member today

Faber New Poets

Filmed at Faber & Faber, in October 2014. Faber New Poets exists to encourage new writers at a crucial point in their career. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the scheme offers mentoring, pamphlet publication and financial support. Assembling a first collection can seem like a daunting challenge to a young poet: how do they know when the manuscript is ready? How many poems should it contain? Whose opinions should they seek out? Can it be better to wait? By offering a tripartite package of financial assistance, mentorship and pamphlet publication, the Faber New Poets scheme intends to provide support and direction for four new poets to develop their work. The successful candidates will be announced in Spring 2015, drawn from the advice of a panel of experienced poets and prominent practitioners from the poetry world. Four poets were given awards for 2009: Fiona Benson,Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Heather Phillipson and Jack Underwood. In 2010, the awarded poets were Joe Dunthorne, Annie Katchinska, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner. In 2014, the awarded poets were Rachael Allen, Will Burns, Zaffar Kunial and Zaffar Kunial. Find out more at faber.co.uk

Richard King on Original Rockers

Twenty years ago every town had one. From Bangor to Bradford, Bognor Regis to Bournemouth, independent record shops could be found on every High Street and many back streets, across the length and breadth of the land. But as the principal format for music switched from vinyl to CD, these places - synonymous with the thrill of discovery experienced by every serious fan and collector - started to disappear. Vinyl has recovered but its natural environment - the record store - is a rare and precious beast. Richard King's book about several years spent working in Bristol's Revolver, is a clear-eyed yet romantic account of life behind the counter in a business run from the heart not the head with a tendency towards dysfunction. In ten chapters of elegiac prose, King brings this lost environment back to life: the smells, the people, and of course the sounds. We see the landscape of a young person's taste come into view with magnificent passages on CAN, Captain Beefheart, Augustus Pablo, Rod Stewart, Sun Ra Arkestra and the free jazz of Cornelius Cardew. And we see the development of Bristol as one of the key musical cities, from its roots sound systems, through the parties run by the Wild Bunch collective, to the emergence of Massive Attack. Original Rockers evokes a golden moment about to turn to dust in the history of British record stores and celebrates the abandon with which we hear music, and it does so magically, without recourse to nostalgia. Find out more, and buy the book at http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571311798-original-rockers.html

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Michael Pennington on How to Be an Actor

How do you prepare for your first day on the set? Why might a bad audition lead to a good job offer? How should you research? What's the effect of a long tour on your love-life? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinee? What's the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? What is stage fright? In Michael Pennington's highly personal guide and memoir 'Let Me Play the Lion Too', there are sections on rehearsals, on television then and now, on who does what on a film set, on the disciplines and rewards of musical theatre, and five directors discuss why the scenery is better on radio. Disability and racial bias in the theatre are discussed and we sometimes hear from other, younger voices who are following parallel paths. Published by Faber & Faber. Find out more at http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571231065-let-me-play-the-lion-too.html

Kim Gordon 'Girl in a Band' full interview

There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist. Published by Faber Social, February 2015. Buy the book direct from the Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571313839-girl-in-a-band.html

Sara Pascoe announces her first book, Animal

Animal: How a Woman is Made, a funny, feminist exploration of the female body by Sara Pascoe, to be published by Faber in 2016. Sara has talked and joked about female sexuality, psychology and the media’s portrayal of women on stage and screen. While researching her most recent live show, Sara realised that she had a lot more to say. In her first book Sara combines autobiography and evolutionary history to entertain and inform about the female body. Why we have boobs and how they have become so fetishised. How the kidnap of a 13-year old-chimney sweep’s daughter created our present age of consent. The discovery and subsequent forgetting of the clitoris, the many eras of misunderstanding the female orgasm. Did you know that clitorectomys were once performed on British and American women to cure masturbation and hysteria? And that we learned so much about female sexuality from the behaviour of sperm? Animal: How a Woman is Made will be entertaining and informative and personal and universal and silly about lots of things and serious about some.

Kim Gordon 'Girl in a Band' book trailer

There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist. Published by Faber Social, February 2015. Buy the book direct from the Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571313839-girl-in-a-band.html

Kim Kardashian's Marriage by Sam Riviere

Kim Kardashian's Marriage is a captivating examination of artifice and reality, privacy and exposure from Forward Prize-winning poet Sam Riviere. Find out more about the book: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571321438-kim-kardashians-marriage.html Promotional film by Hannah Perry.

David Harsent reads 'Bowland Beth' from Fire Songs

Filmed at his home in London, poet David Harsent reads 'Bowland Beth' from his 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection Fire Songs.

David Harsent reads 'Icefield' from Fire Songs

Filmed at his London home, David Harsent reads the poem 'Icefield' from his 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize-winning collection Fire Songs.

Michaela DePrince on ballet, adoption and Sierra Leone

Michaela DePrince has overcome huge obstacles to become a successful young professional ballet dancer. Born in Sierra Leone, she faced the tragedy of her family's death when she was a child, and life in an orphanage which was itself torn apart in the civil war. From there she was adopted by an American family, with the dream of one day becoming a ballet dancer sustaining her. In this interview she talks about her incredible life, and how she struggled as a young black dancer in the overwhelming white world of ballet. She tells her incredible true story of tragedy and triumph in the book Hope in a Ballet Shoe.

Snow by Walter de la Mare animation

As the day draws to a close, a family prepares for Christmas. Outside, the world slowly turns to white . . . This animation, using the illustrations of Caroline Rabei, is based on a beautiful new picture book of Walter de la Mare's poem 'Snow'.

Six Poets by Alan Bennett

"Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions." - Alan Bennett In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice. Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs. For more information visit the Faber & Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571321094-six-poets-hardy-to-larkin.html

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways!

ALL NEW FACTS FROM THE QI TEAM, taken from their new book 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways. Here's a sneaky peak, voiced by QI inventor and comedy genius John Lloyd. Orchids can get jetlag. Lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time. There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie. Traffic lights existed before cars. Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread. The soil in your garden is 2 million years old. 1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be knocked sideways... If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on qi.com. Animation produced by Richard Oldfield with Faber and Faber. Sound fx courtesy of http://www.freesfx.co.uk

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon - coming February 2015

There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist. Published by Faber & Faber | February 2015 Sign up to find out more: www.fabersocial.com | twitter.com/fabersocial

The Selected Poems of Seamus Heaney

Shortly before his death in 2013, Seamus Heaney discussed with Faber & Faber, the prospect of a companion volume to his landmark New Selected Poems 1966-1987 aimed at presenting the second half of his career, 'from Seeing Things onwards', as he foresaw it. Although he was unable to complete an edition, he left behind selections that have been followed here. The edition concludes with his final poem, 'In Time'. New Selected Poems 1988-2013 provides an unrivalled account of a period of work that was crowned by the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Together with its earlier, sibling volume, it completes the arc of a remarkable writing life. For more information visit the Faber & Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571321711-new-selected-poems-1988-2013.html

Jenny Uglow on Britain's home front during the Napoleonic Wars

Jenny Uglow is the acclaimed author of many great works of history. Her new book, In These Times, tells the story of what happened in Britain during the Napoleonic wars. In this video she talks about her inspiration, and some of the many remarkable stories she uncovered along the way. We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank or a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers - how did the war touch their lives? Jenny Uglow, the prize-winning author of The Lunar Men and Nature's Engraver, follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war, but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray, Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron with others lost in the crowd, In These Times delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century ahead.

Historian Helen Castor reveals the real Joan of Arc

In her new book, acclaimed historian and BBC broadcaster Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves, brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. In this interview she describes how she came to write the book, and what it was like to de-mythologise the great icon. The book is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victory, in an age that believed women should not fight. And it is also the story behind the myth we all know, a myth which began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the saviour of France, a young woman burned at the stake as a heretic, a woman who five hundred years later would be declared a saint. Joan and her world are brought vividly to life in this refreshing new take on the medieval world.

Terry Coleman on The Old Vic

In his new book former Guardian Arts Correspondent and Olivier biographer Terry Coleman guides us through almost 200 years of performances and upheavals at one of the world's greatest theatres - London's Old Vic. It's a book full of impresarios and legendary actors - everyone from John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier, to the man about to hand over the reins of the theatre, Kevin Spacey.

Peter Carey on Amnesia

What is the 'Angel Worm'? Double Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey talks us through his new novel Amnesia - set in a world of hacktivism and cyber terrorism - in this short video interview filmed in October 2014.

Alex Preston talks about his new novel, In Love and War

A tale of love, heroism and resistance set against the stunning backdrop of 1930s Florence, In Love and War weaves fact and fiction to create a thrilling portrait of a man swept up in the chaos of war. Desperate to prove himself to his politician father, Esmond Lowndes is sent to Italy to forge ties between the British Union of Fascists and Mussolini's government. He is also escaping the disgrace of a scandalous love affair. In Florence, he discovers art and passion amongst eccentric expatriates and glamorous locals. But with the coming of war, he leaves his past behind and joins the Florentine resistance. He falls in love with a fellow freedom fighter and together they take on the malevolent Mario Carità, head of the Fascist secret police. Esmond is at the centre of assassination plots, shoot-outs and car chases, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring. A novel of art and letters, of bawdy raconteurs and dashing spies, In Love and War takes you deep into the hidden heart of history. It is a tale both epic and intimate, harrowing and life-affirming.

Dan Jones introduces The Hollow Crown

With The Hollow Crown bestselling author Dan Jones completes his epic history of medieval England with a new book about the Wars of the Roses - and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart and were finally replaced by the Tudors. Here's a short interview with the author ahead of a more in-depth conversation which you'll find on the Faber & Faber website.

The Buried Giant from Kazuo Ishiguro - coming March 2015

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. http://theburiedgiant.com 'There's a journey we must go on and no more delay . . . '

John Lanchester explains 'Plog' from How to Speak Money

'Amortisation', 'Bear Market', 'Hot Waitress Index', 'Zombie Bank' ... terms we hear associated with the world of finance, but what do they all mean? If, as Will Self said, John Lanchester's bestselling 'Whoops!' provided a routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance, Lanchester's new book - 'How to Speak Money' - is the jargon-busting phrasebook. It shows you it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

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