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Stories Out of Africa: A Guest Post by Lauren St John

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Whenever I’m asked how my childhood in Africa influenced my writing, some memories stand out more vividly than others. One of the best days of my life? Easy. Being half-drowned in a thunderstorm as I watched the horse of my dreams, Morning Star, being born. I put my raincoat over him and touched the huge […]

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Creating a Bridge Between Cultures

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Eshan Abdollahi’s story is a powerful demonstration of the difference that the collective voice can make. At an enthralling event at The House of Illustration, London on Thursday 10th August, the Iranian illustrator described the problems he had recently faced in obtaining a visa to visit the UK for the Edinburgh Festival. As a result […]

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A Change is Gonna Come: Guest Blog from Catherine Johnson

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Hello! I’m Catherine and I’m thrilled to have a story in the new anthology from Stripes A Change is Gonna Come. It’s a brilliant mix of published authors and brand new, brilliant debut writers.  It’s still harder for new writers of colour to get noticed so here’s hoping that this book provides a hand up […]

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, A Guest Blog from Prue Goodwin

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I have been lost in stories for a couple of weeks. Can you imagine it? Story after story, full of incredible adventures, ideas and situations. The authors, all under eighteen, had chosen some fascinating storylines; for example: Assassinating a witch I have to admit it wasn’t the best costume for fighting a witch. It was […]

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Here Be Dragons in Bath

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If you live in or near to Bath or are planning a visit there during the next couple of months, make sure you go along to the wonderful Here Be Dragons exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery. This is an ideal event for families, but aficionados of children’s book art will be equally enthralled. Over […]

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Wild About Colour at The Story Museum, Oxford

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‘Let us sharpen our wits and pencils and make sure that what we write and paint will, on the wings of books, fly the child into a world of joy and wonder and imagination and thus help produce a happier and more peaceful world.’ Brian Wildsmith Brian Wildsmith (1930 -2016) was one of a small […]

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Making ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann

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It’s a joy to see more and more beautifully produced children’s books in this golden age of children’s literature. One publisher leading the pack is Flying Eye, who are consistently turning out stunning books to look at, but also with pertinent themes. Leaf, a debut picture book by Sandra Dieckmann, looks stunning with its highly […]

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CLiPPA: Celebrating Poetry for Young People

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The fantastic child-centred award ceremony for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award (known as CLIPPA), took place in the spacious Olivier Theatre on Friday 14th July this year. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the event is a showcase for the best poetry anthologies for young people aged 0-12, involving enthusiastic performances by primary […]

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CITV Share-A-Story 2017: Finalists Announced!

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Over the past four weeks, CITV’s Share a Story 2017 judging panels have had a thrilling time reading every one of this year’s entries and have now announced this year’s finalists. The panels, made up of animators, TV professionals, authors, and representatives from FCBG, have been meeting across various locations to help draw up a […]

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Writing Chase: A Guest Post by Author Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is a renowned thriller writer for adults, but this year publishes his first book for children. Here he explains how it came about. The first question seems to be: Why a book for children? For nearly a decade and a half, I’ve been writing slightly more than one thriller per year for adult […]

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