Tagged with radio-litopia

What Facebook Really Thinks About You

This week we talk about trademark-eating zombies, how signing a check may cost you your copyright, why you might already be a public figure, which famous writer’s heirs’ reign of terror is over, a publisher claiming copyright on rights that didn’t exist, whether agents should have ethics, and how writing a memoir might cost you […]

Rumors Of The End Of The World

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood once noted that “the Colonies” (i.e. former British posessions) were not places where great literature was supposed to happen.  That myopic view is well and truly demolished by tonight’s guest: Australian writer Chris Womersley. Chris’s fiction has appeared in Granta, and his second novel Bereft has just been published in the […]

Snow Business

One hundred years ago, on January 17th, 1912, Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s five-man team reached the South Pole: only to find Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it more than a month earlier. Scott’s ill-fated expedition is the stuff of legend.  This week’s Litopia After Dark has two legendary guests: Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones, […]

Crime and Pastament – Litopia After Dark’s Italian Bash

We’re journeying to the heart of Italy for our festive bash tonight as we hook up with writers Michael Jacob & Daniela DeGregorio live from their kitchen in the ancient Umbrian city of Spoleto.  Michael and Daniela write together under the pen name Michael Gregorio.  Their first book, described by Publishers Weekly as “a stellar […]

Here Comes Your Monster Lawsuit!

The Google Book Settlement has been abandoned – but like some monstrous zombie rising from the dead, the litigation continues.  Attorneys for the Authors Guild have filed a motion for class certification, the first step towards a ruling that might decide whether Google’s book scanning amounts to copyright theft. Also – when is a blogger […]

Eddie Izzard Is Evil!

Not really – but the English lawyer he plays in “The Good Wife” certainly is… another stupefyingly ballsy case of plagiarism… copyright is failing to feed artists… and Donna has some terrific personal news – all in this action-packed episode of the net’s No.1 real-life legal drama! Presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary […]

Piggers With Attitude

It’s a crime-free show tonight (Magenta Delicious will be back next week!) with three of the most interesting and thought-provoking guests on the planet.  Professor Russell Potter is here to tell us about his new cross-species collaboration Pyg: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig (Canongate) – an extraordinary simulacrum of a late eighteenth century picaresque […]

Bach to the Future

Yet another ingestion of intellect, information and insurrection on tonight’s show!  Can literature have a civilizing effect on young offenders?  At what age do women’s thoughts turn away from romance and towards crime? And most importantly, what the heck is happening to Johnny and Priscilla in this week’s impromptu episode of Magenta Divine? Here to […]

Buzz Cuts

More news, ruminations and legal shenanigans for writers – presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary agent Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and support us with a donation Picture by Derek K. Miller

Drawing Offence

More news, ruminations and legal shenanigans for writers – presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary agent Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and support us with a donation Picture by photoman356

The Next Best Thing To Love

Orange Prize shortlister Ellen Feldman is one of our specials guests tonight; her latest book, Next To Love, has just been published and before she flies home to New York, she popped into our London studio to tell us about the book, about her life and about the writing process.  Our other special guest, comedienne […]

Interns Are Slaves: Chinese Walls Are Nonsense

More great news you need and enlightening analysis from the confluence of writing and the law. Presented by leading lawyer Donna Ballman with literary agent Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and support us with a donation Picture by […]

Julian Assange, The Unauthorised Biography

He’s the quintessential international man of mystery: Julian Assange has surprised the world again by (a) suddenly and secretly publishing his autobiography, and (b) immediately denouncing it and his publishers, Canongate! What happens under these circumstances? Listen to the latest Debriefer to find out… Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as […]

The Doctrine of First Sale

The First Sale Doctrine says that if you possess a copy of a book that you bought legally, then you have the right to resell it after you’re done with it. This allows second-hand bookstores to exist – and also allows libraries to buy and then lend out books. Now, a legal ruling has narrowed […]