It’s time for another weekly round-up from The Writers Initiative, bringing you our pick of literary news stories and features that you may have missed these last seven days.

Publishing must ‘wake up to the world beyond the M25’, new report urges The Bookseller

A new report championing working class writers recommends better funding for “new collaborations” and the “decentralisation of UK publishing”–including asking more literary agents to move outside the capital–to help promote inclusion.

Coronavirus lockdown hastens e-book VAT exemption BBC News

The end of coronavirus: what plague literature tells us about our future The Guardian 

Midnight Sun: ‘Darker’ Twilight book coming out in August, says author Stephenie Meyer The Independent

Roger Robinson’s poems of Trinidad and London win Ondaatje prize The Guardian 

Colson Whitehead: Author wins Pulitzer Prize for a second time BBC News

HQ reveals details of ‘definitive’ Meghan and Harry biography The Bookseller  

Struggling to read, or write? How to be creative in lockdown The Guardian 

Hunger Games prequel: untangling the controversy over The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes The Stylist

The sound of silence: visiting the library during lockdown The Guardian 

New Yorkers have rushed to stream a new recording of ambient noise at their central library – a peaceful murmur many readers love.