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Happy Memories of Conference 2014 part 3

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Anne Cassidy Ian Beck Sarah Crossan Justin Somper Lauren Child Mick Inkpen Guy Parker-Rees James Mayhew Alex Milway As I think these photos have shown, conference this year was really a great deal of fun! Don’t forget that next year, the dates are April 10-12. We’re really looking forward to being hosted by Barrowby and […]

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Happy memories of Conference 2014 Part 2

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Lyn Gardner Cate Cain Damian Kelleher Damian Dibben Juliian Sedgwick Abie Longstaff Stewart Ross Megan Rix Justin Somper, Ruta Sepetys, Ros Bartlett Once again, thanks to David Bartlett for taking this lovely photos. One last lot to go up on the blog tomorrow!

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Happy memories of Conference 2014 Part 1

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The Publishers’ Hall A surprise visitor Cressida Cowell Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre A sea of Seawigs! Meg Rosoff Helen Oxenbury Anthony Browne Many thanks to David Bartlett for these great photos from this weekend’s conference. More photos will be up on the blog on Monday and Tuesday.

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Hoo’s Kids Book Fest!

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A month today sees the third Hoo’s Kids Book Fest (11th May, 2014) at the magical Luton Hoo Walled Garden (just north of London). Authors and illustrators running sessions include Robert Muchamore, author of the bestselling Cherub series Richard and Judy Book Club winner Sophie McKenzie Jim Smith, author of the rib-tickling Barry Loser and […]

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A Silent Auction of jam-packed autograph book to raise funds for FCBG

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Over the past year we’ve been collecting autographs from authors and illustrators for children and young people in a lovely autograph book. The autograph book is now full and we are hosting a silent auction of it this weekend to raise funds for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. The autograph book contains signatures from […]

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A report by two Year 6 children on this year’s Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony

Two Year 6 pupils from Rye St Anthony’s School were among the many children who attended this year’s Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony. They had such a great time that they went back to their school and did an assembly about their experience. Here is their report – I’m sure you’ll agree it give […]

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An interview with Ruta Sepetys

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Ruta Sepetys is the Gala Dinner speaker at our conference this coming weekend. She was born in America to a Lithuanian refugee (her father’s escape from Russian occupied Lithuania is what inspired her debut novel, Between Shades of Gray) and as a child she was convinced she was going to marry Roald Dahl. At college […]

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Members of Ipswich CBG get to interview Guy Parker-Rees

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Guy Parker-Rees is part of the illustrator panel on Sunday morning at our Conference later this month. He was born in Zimbabwe and moved to England when he was three. He spent much of his time at school doodling and painting, and continued doing so into adulthood: Guy worked as a as a mural painter, […]

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An interview with Lyn Gardner

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A theatre critic at The Guardian, Lyn Gardner first turned to writing fiction for children in 2006 with ‘Into the Woods’ (illustrated by Mini Grey) and later its sequel, ‘Out of the Woods’. Since then she has gone on to write a seven part stage school series based around a young girl, Olivia, and her […]

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An interview with Sarah Crossan

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The FCBG annual conference is always jam-packed with exciting and interesting sessions, and at next month’s conference one I’m particularly looking forward to is the first one on Sunday morning with Anne Cassidy, Ian Beck and Sarah Crossan. Sarah Crossan grew up in Ireland and England before moving to New York for 7 years. Before […]

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