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Mark Billingham Stole My Luck!

“I remember lying on that hotel room floor, and my heart was thumping so much I was bouncing on the carpet…” In the week that British crime writer Mark Billingham achieves his first No. 1 position in the UK charts, we’re delighted to welcome him to Litopia After Dark for an extended, in-depth session about […]


The Debriefer is back from our Summer hols… and our agenda is full to bursting with the Apple price fixing suit… why Harper Lee didn’t write again… What The UK riots mean for bookstores… yet another book banning… the (law) Force is not with George Lucas… and Memphis Beat gets it wrong! Presented by Donna […]

Don’t Like The Book? Sue The Author!

Should authors sign non-complete clauses?  Can you include song lyrics in your manuscript? And readers suing authors for books they don’t happen to like… it seems to be a growing, and disturbing, trend… Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email […]

Mike Tyson’s Tattoo & A Renegade Agent

Who owns the copyright to Mike Tyson’s facial tattoo?  And other intriguing legal issues on this edition of the internet’s favorite show about writing and the law. Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to our shows by Email Be a wonderful human being and […]

Suck My Pirate Pump, Now With Extra Steam

Patronage: would you sit in a rich man’s basement and write for cash?  It may well come to that in the era of infinite distribution… Something our star panellist Ross Pruden knows about – because he coined the term.  Ross is the thinking person’s Cory Doctorow: tonight, he’s explaining what digital abundance and scarcity mean […]

Mountain of Lies?

Yet another author is accused of embellishing the truth in a non-fiction book – step forward Greg Mortenson, who it’s alleged exaggerated or distorted facts in his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and its sequel, Stones into Schools. Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes […]

Greek Seamen: A Matter of Taste

It’s serious stuff tonight (well, until the Commissioning Meeting, that is) as we get our teeth into the issue du jour… Whether authors and authors’ estates should separate their digital rights and digitally publish themselves?  This is the hottest topic in publishing right now… and as always, Litopia After Dark is well ahead of the […]

Going Hyper

Secret prisoners… two weeks in jail for speaking to your lawyer… secret trials… where could this be?  Libya?  North Korea?  Stalinist Russia?  Not at all.  Say hello to the United Kingdom – in the age of the hyper-injunction!  Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox and Andrew Gillman. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe […]

A Town Called Sue

That’s what m’learned friends call London – A Town Called Sue – because it’s the libel capital of the world, where the courts have become casinos for the international rich and powerful to become… even more rich and powerful.  No book is published in Britain without much consideration being given to possible libel charges… and […]

The Right of Publicity

The Right of Publicity is your right to control the commercial use of your name, image, likeness or identity.  Fair enough, you may think – everyone ought to be able to control whether your image is used in a commercial context. Trouble is, the Right of Publicity can survive the death of the individual… and […]

Don’t Eidt Me, Bro!

Editors… dontcha love ’em?  Apparently not, because a growing number of writers are asking – what’s the point? And – do you (or should you) create an online persona that’s radically different to your offline  personality? It’s a great panel tonight, featuring YA author and publishing industry commentator Graham Marks, marketing and social media maven […]

Love & The Law Go Hand In Hand

Former President Jimmy Carter is sued by a pro-Israel group for writing a book they don’t like, with serious implications for all writers… how e-book royalty rates are screwing authors…  an under-the-table copyright grab by a major publisher… and on this Valentine’s day, how the law affects romance writing! Download the show as mp3 file […]


“I have a question about issues of legal identity”, asks a Debriefer listener.  “If a character cannot remember who she is – and authorities are for whatever reason unable to discover her identity – what options are there…?” Great question – and a fascinating answer in this edition! Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe […]

Never Mind The Marketing Bollocks, Here’s A Cup With A Knob In It

Sex toys, free iPods, key rings… apparently, some authors will sink to any depths in an attempt to boost sales for their books – but do tacky sales gimmicks like these actually work?   Writers’ conferences – great networking opportunities, or a serious fleecing for naive would-be authors?  What’s your platform – and do you even […]