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Longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award announced

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Today sees the publication of the longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award. This award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent. Once again, more than 60 books […]

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The 500 words competition is back!

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Calling all budding writers aged between 5 and 13! Have you written a super fantastic short story? Do you want to enter the Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 WORDS competition and win hundreds of books? Brilliant! Just follow the steps on the 500 words official website, where teachers can also find lesson plans, loads of […]

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Keeping fit this New Year? Sign up for Where’s Wally? 2015 and have fun on the run!

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The National Literacy Trust’s Where’s Wally? themed fun run is back and bigger than ever! The charity is calling on everyone to don bobble hats, glasses and stripy tops in the style of Where’s Wally? and walk, jog or run either 5K or 10K on Sunday 22 March 2015 to raise vital funds to improve […]

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Introducing the World Book Day Award – it could transform your school library!

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World Book Day are extremely lucky to have been gifted a very generous sum of money by the bestselling author James Patterson, which they are using to fund a World Book Day Award for the next 2 years. The winning school will win £10,000 of books to transform their library, 2nd prize will be £5,000 […]

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An interview with Jennifer Niven

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Jennifer Niven is an established author of both fiction and non-fiction for adults, but today sees the publication of her first novel for young adult readers: All The Bright Places, about the friendship formed between two teenagers who contemplate suicide. An intense page turner, this book is likely to be a huge hit with fans […]

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5 days left to book your place at Conference at a discount!

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Our next FCBG annual conference is taking place April 10-12th 2015 and you have until December 15th to book your place at a discounted rate. The conference programme, which includes Frank Cottrell Boyce, Non Pratt, Jonathan Stroud, Sarah Crossan, Marcia Williams, Elys Dolan and many more can be downloaded here. CLICK HERE for a booking […]

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On Angel Wings – A Michael Morpurgo Concert

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On Angel Wings is a warm and magical retelling of the Christmas story with readings by Juliet Stevenson and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, accompanied by traditional carols by acappella singing group Voices at the Door. On Angel Wings will be performed on Saturday 20th December at 6.00pm at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea London in aid […]

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NNFN – a month in review

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Today is the final day of National Non-Fiction November – a month which we hope has seen you learn lots about the wealth and diversity of great non-fiction for children and young people. This week was a busy week:- Non-fiction author Juliet Clare Bell wrote about sharing the creative non-fiction love – a tale of […]

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Making it “real” – A guest post by Nick Hunter for National Non-Fiction November

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“When my eldest son and I read together, or after watching a particularly exciting film or TV programme, he usually asks his favourite question: “Is that real, dad?” More often than not, the answer is no – the thrilling story sprung from the imagination of a brilliant author somewhere. He knew that really, but is […]

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NNFN – your weekly round up plus Michaela Strachan’s favourite non-fiction book from childhood

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Now we’re 3 weeks into National Non-Fiction November, we hope you’ve been having great adventures and have discovered more about non-fiction for children and young people. This week we saw: reviews of great non-fiction books on the Armadillo Magazine Blog, and also on the Scottish Booktrust website. Exciting news about the winner of one non-fiction […]

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