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The Week That Was 4th – 8th October

The big news of the week must be the Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to 74-year old Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. The New York Times posted a series of excerpts from a speech he gave after the award was announced, whilst The Guardian ran a curious piece on why the award should have gone to Ngugi wa Thiong.

The Novel Prize and Ted Hughes are two of the things you can hear on a podcast recorded by The Guardian with children’s writer Michelle Paver. The Australian presents a review of the six shortlisted books in the Man Booker, to be announced this week, alongside news that the Australian Poetry Centre and the Poets Union have merged to form Australian Poetry.