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#VOTE100BOOKS at the Hay Festivals

This is the list of books written by women selected for a series of debates being kicked off at the Hay Festival this weekend, and continuing at the Hay Festivals round the world. #VOTE100BOOKS [...]

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Megan (without an h) kicks off Girls FC!

The vagaries of children’s publishing mean that books come, and books go – it’s often hard to work out exactly why. But in the case of Helena Pielichaty‘s superb Girls FC [...]

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Granny Garbage… Joan Lennon’s creepiest creation yet?

Congratulations to Joan Lennon whose narrative poem, Granny Garbage, is published by Happenstance Press, with a launch this evening at the Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh. If you miss [...]

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Lari Don’s blog tour – celebrating monsters

The Secret of the Loch Ness Monster by Lari Don, stunningly illustrated by Natasa Ilincic is already a runaway success just weeks after publication. It’s a gorgeous book, and, as one would [...]

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Books recommended for less robust readers aged 3 to 13

Beanstalk, the charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in early years settings and primary schools to children who have fallen behind with [...]

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Live Literature – a writer in residence for your school?

Yesterday we had the great news that L J MacWhirter, author of the captivating Black Snow Falling which will be published this summer by Scotland Street Press, has been accepted for registration [...]

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Young writers are keen readers

We’re just back from our annual week at Moniack Mhor, Scotland ‘s Writers’ Centre, with this year’s cohort of Pushkin Prize-winners – all in their first and second [...]

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Wanted – local monsters!

Lari Don grew up surrounded by monsters – she’s written about them in her latest blog here, and she’s challenged readers to work out where she grew up by using the geographical [...]

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Kathryn and Lindsey have left the building – and are safely home.

And the London Book Fair is now over for another year. Our reasons for being there are much the same as they are for attending the Bologna Book Fair – but at LBF in Olympia there are [...]

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How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim

Congratulations to Vivian French and Hannah Foley – their gorgeous new picture book, How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim is published! Vivian has written around 300 books for children, and her [...]