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How I stopped reading fantasy and started reading classics- a guest post by Malcolm McNeill

I guess everyone has a hero to zero story. Mine: when I was thirteen I decided to move from a school in Glasgow where I’d studied since I was five, to a new school in Edinburgh, a boarding school, on a scholarship. This meant I moved from a place I knew and understood and was […]

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INAUGRAL BOOKBUG PICTURE BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST REVEALED

   Authors Ross Collins, Alison Murray and Nick Sharratt have made it onto the shortlist for the very first Bookbug Picture Book Prize.  The prize, set up to celebrate the most popular picture books by Scottish authors or illustrators, is run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland. Shortlisted authors and illustrators receive […]

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New Award to Recognise Significant Contribution to Scottish Children’s Literature

On Wednesday 10 August, the Scottish Book Trust was delighted to announce the creation of a brand new award intended to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to Scottish children’s literature.  The Significant Contribution to Scottish Children’s Literature Award, sponsored by Browns Books for Students, is a new honour that will be awarded annually to one […]

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The Philippa Pearce Lecture 2016

The Philippa Pearce Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children. At THE START of 2007, a small group of Philippa Pearce’s friends, family and colleagues began organising a series of memorial lectures to be delivered by various distinguished speakers with an interest in children’s books. The inaugural lecture was held on 11th September 2008, at Homerton […]

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A weekend of book related fun!

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Two fantastic book events took place in London during the last weekend of July. Aimed at totally different interests and audiences, together they provided book lovers of all ages with plenty of opportunities to hear and meet their favourite authors and illustrators. The Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), now in its third year, was established […]

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Guest post from Steven Lenton: Becoming a picture book illustrator

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In this guest post, Steven Lenton shares how he became a picture book illustrator and allows us a fascinating insight into how he developed the characters, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. In my first blog post on our ‘Diamond Chase’ Tour, I’m going to share how I became a picture book illustrator, got a book […]

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The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award

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FCBG Vice Chair, Chris Routh reports on the Poetry Award ceremony which she attended with FCBG Chair, Jane Etheridge on 13th July 2016 at the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London. The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award (CLiPPA) ceremony is a real joy because it celebrates poetry for young people, but even more […]

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Shakespeare’s Telling Tales

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We would like to draw your attention to a fantastic family-focused literary festival that is taking place at place at The Globe during the last weekend of July. Jo Humphreys-Davies told us that Walker Books has been working with Globe Education on Shakespeare’s Telling Tales which has an incredible line-up, including four Children’s Laureates.   […]

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Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories at Seven Stories 2nd July – June 2017

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Chris Routh, member of the Executive Committee of the Federation, was lucky enough to be invited to the press preview of this new exhibition at Seven Stories in Newcastle.  It is probably no coincidence that the opening of the new exhibition at the National Centre for Children’s Books coincided with the 100th anniversary of the […]

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‘Everything does not happen in English’

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It is a sad fact that very few of the books sold in the UK are those that have been translated into English from their original language. Most of the books we buy- and read- are written by English and American authors. Which means that children- and adults- are missing out of a wealth of […]

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