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Joe Jones
Jamaican author Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s.
Michael Wood, chair of the judges, described A Brief History of Seven Killings as the "most exciting" book on the shortlist.
The 686-page epic, featuring more than 75 characters and voices, was "full of surprises" as well as being "very violent" and "full of swearing".
James was announced the £50,000 winner on Tuesday night at London's Guildhall. The 44-year-old, from Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker Prize. 
Receiving the award, he said a huge part of the novel had been inspired by reggae music.
Set across three decades, the novel uses the true story of the attempt on the life of reggae star Marley, referred to as “the singer”, to explore the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics.
Wood said the judges had come to a unanimous decision in less than two hours. 
He added: "It is a crime novel that moves beyond the world of crime and takes us deep into a recent history we know far too little about. It moves at a terrific pace and will come to be seen as a classic of our times."
Of the book, the New York Times said: ‘It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come”, but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner... epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.'
Joe Jones
A coin dealer in California has authenticated a grainy photograph of legendary gunman Billy the Kid with members of his gang which could be worth up to $5m (£3.3m).
The faded tintype image was among a pile of photos inside a cardboard box at a junk shop in Fresno, unearthed by a collector in 2010.
Randy Guijarro paid $2 (£1.30) for the image, which is now estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The only other confirmed photo of Billy the Kid, from 1880, sold for $2.3m (£1.5m) in 2011.
The photo was authenticated by a San Francisco-based Americana company, Kagin’s, which identified Billy the Kid along with several members of the Regulators, as well as friends and family. It was taken after a wedding in the summer of 1878, just a month after the gang took part in the brutal Lincoln County war.
Dr Donald Kagin, president of Kagin's coin dealership in San Francisco, said: "This iconic, lively and fun artefact is history in your hand - a snapshot of the lifestyle of one of the most notorious figures of the Wild West.
"The historical importance of a photograph of Billy the Kid alongside known members of his gang and prominent Lincoln County citizens is incalculable - this is perhaps the single most compelling piece of Western Americana that we have ever seen."

David McCarthy, senior numismatist at the dealer, said: "When we first saw the photograph, we were understandably sceptical - an original Billy the Kid photo is the Holy Grail of Western Americana.
"We had to be certain that we could answer and verify where, when, how and why this photograph was taken.
"Simple resemblance is not enough in a case like this - a team of experts had to be assembled to address each and every detail in the photo to ensure that nothing was out of place.
"After more than a year of methodical study including my own inspection of the site, there is now overwhelming evidence of the image's authenticity."
The picture has been appraised and insured for $5m and will be the subject of a two-hour documentary on the National Geographic Channel this Sunday - Kagin's will be handling the sale.
Billy the Kid's real name was Henry McCarty but he was better known as William H Bonney. He was killed aged 21 in 1881 by sheriff Pat Garrett.
Tintypes are made by creating a direct positive on a thin metal sheet covered with a dark lacquer or enamel.
Joe Jones
National Poetry Day celebrated its 21st birthday on Thursday October 8 – an occasion marked out in tribute of one of the most charismatic forms of literature in the world.
A decentralised and wholly creative affair, each town and city was free to carry out their own activities and pay tribute to their own bards.
In Nottingham, “punk poet” John Cooper Clarke performed at the Royal Concert Hall, welcoming the audience by saying: “You look like a bunch of murderers. Or golfers,” before launching into classics such as Evidently Chickentown, Beaseley and Bed Blockers. Several dozen miles east, Lincoln held a marathon poetry day reading at Speakers Corner.
Edinburgh, meanwhile, unveiled a huge banner displaying what is believed to be the UK's largest printed poem on the Royal Mile. Spiral, by Elizabeth Burns, has been reproduced on a 25 by eight metre sign to mark National Poetry Day and will stay until next summer.
A common occurrence of the day featured flashmobs chanting poetry and festivals popping up in thousands of unexpected places around the country.
To celebrate the occasion, digital sharing project Make Like a Poet has engaged Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson and Neil Nunes to read the words of Hafez, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Howe, Michael Symmons Roberts and Edna St Vincent Millay, with poetry written and read by Aoife Mannix on free download.
In honour of the day’s celebrations, which this year centred on the theme of “Light”, BBC Radio 4 included poetry in their schedule from early morning until late at night, with some of the earliest British verses up to the most recent.
Celebrated poet Roger McGough, who hosts Poetry Please on the radio station, spoke out in favour of promoting poetry to the youth of the nation.
As chair of the judges for 2015's Children's Poetry Award, he said they were "excited by the variety and quality" of the submissions, but added they were "sorry that there were not more submissions and that so few publishers are producing books for children and young people".
What did you do to celebrate National Poetry Day? Share your activities and experiences on Poetry & Art! Online.
Joe Jones
From the early proto-undead of HP Lovecraft and Mary Shelley to the ghouls of George Romero which revolutionised the horror genre, zombie fiction has been a big deal for decades, scaring countless people and providing social commentary through the sheer horror of an all-encompassing plague of rotting cannibals.
The genre did fall back into the underground around the 1980s, but with the new millennium it came back to life and is now enjoying success in the mainstream. The fact that Brad Pitt – one of the highest-profile actors in decades – produced and starred in a zombie film is testament to the genre’s success.
Not even Nottingham is safe from the zombie plague. At the end of this month, the living dead will descend on Sherwood Forest for Zombie Infection, an event which will see teams of people try to complete missions while surviving a legion of ghouls.
Just to highlight the popularity of the event, tickets have completely sold out, and bookings for next year are already being made. Which is a huge shame because, by the time I found out about the event, they had all gone. Likewise, when 2.8 Hours Later was hosted in the city two years ago, I was away that week and missed out. 
And given that the company has now gone bust, I’ve missed the boat, but luckily Zombie Infection does events all across the country and, given they’re based in Sheffield, it’s not too far to travel for their flagship event – in an abandoned factory.
I’ve always been a fan of zombie fiction, ever since I played a demo of Resident Evil 2 and, not knowing how to control my character, watched in horror as a circle of ghouls slowly devoured the helpless policeman.
Let’s face it; zombies are the most terrifying horror villains out there. Whereas other monsters tend to lurk in some godforsaken haunt somewhere for confused teenagers to stumble upon on their search for somewhere to spend the weekend with their peers – and even then they’ll usually just kill you – zombies mutate you into one of them; they multiply, they spread, they come for you and your loved ones, and eventually they destroy all life as we know it. As World War Z says, they are “slate erasers”.
This is the key for the success of the zombie genre, from Romero’s films all the way to “The Walking Dead” and Max Brooks’s novels; the breakdown of civilisation often goes hand in hand with the threat of the living dead, and how the survivors deal with it all makes for some gripping fiction.
So if you were one of the fortunate ones to get tickets for Zombie Infection, enjoy your weekend and may the odds be ever in your favour. For those who aren’t so keen on the living dead, sorry to say this but they’re here to stay – and multiply.

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