CUT Blog; news from writers; festivals; new logo; reading as therapy
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In this CUT Talking, we launch the new CUT logo, and the CUT Blog, and we highlight some interesting thoughts from award winning writer Matt Haig on reading as a form of therapy.


Welcome to the first edition of CUT Talking, a newsletter exclusively for our enthusiastic readers around the world. We will use CUT Talking to keep you up to date with developments to the CUT website, launches, features, special offers, and new writers. If there’s anything you’d like to suggest, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

What’s on our minds?

The CUT Blog is a recent addition to the site. Here members of the CUT team will be posting their thoughts and observations connected (loosely or otherwise) to the literary world. The intention is to stimulate feedback and participation from readers, writers, and visitors to the site. Recent articles include submissions on succinct character descriptions in literature, favourite independent bookshops and children’s use of language in writing.
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What’s on Their minds?

Do you have a favourite writer on CUT? Have you visited their Writer Profile Page yet? Here you can see any writer posts they have made, learn more about their background and see their available e-books. Recent writer posts include free micro fiction, a writer’s thoughts on how to plan a short story, and a heartfelt post against the closure of public libraries. Writers also use posts to promote forthcoming readings, events or launches. You can also see the latest writer posts on the CUT Home page.

New Writers on CUT

Welcome to Lara Bardsley and Daniel Toure, two of the many writers who have joined CUT recently.

Lara is currently completing a PhD in Humanities and Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and has a strong interest in narratives of transformation. She is one of our newest members but already has an e-book on the site.
Daniel, who has an MA in creative writing, is based in the north-west UK, and regularly acts as a mentor to young writers. He already has two e-books published on CUT, and his stage play We See Things Differently has recently been performed at the home of the Northern Ballet School.
We look forward to receiving further submissions from Lara and Daniel. 
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New CUT Branding

Cut LogoWe are delighted to launch the new CUT logo in this first edition of CUT Talking. The initial phase of the CUT project has been the work of a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for the written word.  As we are now approaching the official launch of CUT, we have invested in professional design services to enhance the ‘look’ and presentation of the brand.

The new CUT logo has a modern feel, and will be more appropriate for use on e-readers and other portable devices. Look out for more changes in the next few weeks, as we enhance the website further by adding extra functionality and making it more user-friendly.

Reading & Writing as therapy

If you didn’t see Matt Haig’s moving, powerful, and deeply personal talk at the Hay Festival recently, you can still catch it on the BBC Radio 4 website. It gives an interesting account of how the process of reading and writing short stories helped him to overcome serious illness. “The world, like the mind, is a confusing place; books are our maps”. 
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Festival season

Although some of the bigger literary festivals have been and gone, there are many still to come. Look out for events in: Ampthill; Buxton; Lymington; Nidderdale; Port Eliot; West Cork. In each edition of CUT talking, we’ll let you know about any forthcoming literary festivals of which we are aware. If there are other literary events you’d like us to publicise, do let us know.

Readers and writers together against 20% tax on e-books 

Everyone who loves to read should sign our e-petition campaigning against VAT on e-books. Please sign up by clicking the CAVe link below, then pass the link on to all your friends, family and contacts, and please use social media to spread the word! Help us to get VAT on e-books abolished.

Sign CAVe CUT Against VAT on e-Books

Don’t forget

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