Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The organisers of this year's Isle of Wight Literary Festival Games drew
their inspiration from the notorious Hampstead Literary Games
of 1927. There was a thrilling finish to the super-heavyweight boxing
 tournament that year when the veteran novelist Sabrina Honeywell
 collected the gold by delivering a punishing uppercut to her long-time
adversary Brenda Dugong, the literary critic of the Daily Mail.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

So next year he'll try Puppy Juggling

The distinguished Russian performance poet Aleksey Barkov attends
 the Isle of Wight Literary Festival Games where he makes a spirited
attempt to break his own world record but is ultimately disqualified
when it's discovered that Child Tossing is not an Olympic sport.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Famous American children's author Archie Murdoch, lost for ten days,
is found by neighbours wandering on waste ground behind his home,
dressed as Charlie Cottontail, one of his most famous creations.

Monday, 14 May 2012

This year's Isle of Wight Literary Festival will be celebrating the
2012 London Olympics with a number of exciting sporting fixtures
held exclusively for those involved in the arts. Along with the field 
and track events the organisers are hoping to include a selection of less 
familiar disciplines.  Here for example book reviewers from the Times
 Literary Supplement Formation Weightlifting Team pose for pictures.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Savaged by critics for failing to have interviewed, seen or even spoken
to Michael Jackson, the subject of her latest biography, the writer
Agatha Blunt defended her position by declaring "I didn't have to
meet him while he was living here on Earth.  The dear little man spoke
to me from the spirit world"  When asked what she thought of the music
she insisted that she hadn't heard any music since, "I wrote the entire
800 pages while in a trance."  Agatha Blunt is president-for-life of the 
British Psychics Writing and Drawing Circle.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The cast of 'Sod Off!' confronts an angry first night audience at the 
Royal Court Theatre.  The play, written by feisty feminist playwright
Lefty Morgan Murphy is a controversial attack on London's bourgeois
theatre audiences.  The actors are directed to assemble on the edge of 
stage, hurl abuse at the dress circle and spit at people in the front rows.
Murphy, best known for her 'Fart-Arse Monologues' and the recent
'Scum-Bag Scum-Bag' was indignant at the audience reaction. 
"Flaming cheek - they threw stuff back!" she complained over the
phone from her holiday home in the Algarve. "And that's not in the
 script. I mean, just who do these philistines think they're dealing
 with here?  I've won an Evening Standard Award"