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UK Literacy Association: Our Class Loves this Book Award

UKLA invites teachers to submit their entries for the Our Class Loves This Book Award: The John Downing Award 2016, sponsored by Just Imagine. The United Kingdom Literacy Association is calling for submissions for this year’s Our Class Love This Book: The John Downing Award 2016. Using books short listed for the UKLA Book Awards 2015, […]

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A Guest Post by Clare Furniss: How Not To Disappear

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How Not to Disappear tells the story of the relationship between teenage Hattie and Gloria, the larger-than-life great-aunt she never knew she had, who is in the early stages of dementia when Hattie first meets her. It felt really natural to me to write about this because there were a lot of strong older women […]

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Katherine Rundell

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In the second of our posts in the run up to Conference, we are delighted to be talking to Katherine Rundell, who will be the after dinner speaker on the Friday evening. Emily Beale, from the North Somerset book group, was thrilled to have the chance to ask Katherine some questions.  Q: The settings for […]

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Building Bridges, forging connections, growing readers

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    In the run up to our annual conference at the beginning of April, we will be posting a series of blogs to whet your appetite. In the first of the series, we would like to introduce this year’s conference Book Shop supplier, Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books. Executive committee member Chris Routh, asked […]

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‘On Angel Wings’- a guest post from Denise Lawrence of the Herts Book Group

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In December 2016, we offered two tickets to go and see the ‘On Angel Wings’ concert in London. Winner, Denise Lawrence, wrote this about her experience: In January 2015 I decided that this was the year I was going to be positive and engaged and open to new opportunities.  Among other things, I attended the Federation […]

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Harry Potter Night 2016

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Dust off your robes and get your broomstick out of the cupboard- Harry Potter Night is back! The theme for Thursday 4th February will be A NIGHT OF SPELLS, celebrating their role at the heart of these wonderful books. A fantastic new kit, which can be downloaded from harrypotterbooknight.com, has been produced for this year’s celebrations, offering […]

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Happy New Year!

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Do you have the back-to -work blues after the festive season? If so, why not plan in a treat to look forward to! What better way to enjoy yourself than at the Federation Conference? ‘Building Bridges – Forging connections and growing readers’ will take place at the Telford Innovation Campus, University of Wolverhampton, on 1st to […]

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Children’s Book Award: a Guest Post by Kim Slater

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THE THEME OF L.S. LOWRY’S ART IN ‘SMART’ by Kim Slater   The theme of art plays a big part in ‘Smart’, although I never planned it that way. This is the story of how it came about . . . I was still studying at university for my MA degree in Creative Writing in […]

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Children’s Book Award: a Guest Post by Sarah Crossan

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    POETRY BELONGS TO US ALL or WHY I WROTE APPLE AND RAIN by Sarah Crossan   My debut was a verse novel called The Weight of Water. I am proud of that book. It won awards and critics liked it. My parents liked it (which is not something every writer can say!). The […]

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Children’s Book Award: a Guest Post by Michael Morpurgo

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    My inspiration for Listen to the Moon.   This story probably would never have come about if it wasn’t for my wife Clare. Let me explain. When she was little she had chicken pox and like they did in those days, she was put in another room in the house to recuperate. She was […]

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