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Test post 2: 20 July

Another test post regarding email notification. I’m really sorry for all these boring messages if you are one of the lucky few who are receiving email notifications. Zoe

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20 July TEST POST

Dear FCBG Blog subscribers, This is another test blog to determine whether we have managed to resolve this issue with email notifications. If you receive this having not received email notification from the FCBG blog for a while, please let Zoe know via nnfn@fcbg.org.uk Thank you.

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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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Anna entertains at Reading

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Performing stories is a powerful way of helping children to liberate their imagination, to experience joy in play and to gain confidence in expressing themselves through their own performances. The most recent Jean Russell Storytelling events at Swindon, with Aldbourne CBG, and at Reading, with Reading CBG, were powerful demonstrations of just that. Performance storytelling […]

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Launching National Non-Fiction November 2016!

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Four months today sees the start of this year’s FCBG-led annual celebration of non-fiction for children and young people and we are delighted to now reveal the resources we’ve created to encourage and facilitate your participation. For 2016 we’re encouraging bookgroups to create their own non-fiction books. You might decide to write a joke book, […]

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Guest post by Rachel Piercey

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This guest post is by Rachel Piercey, co-editor of ‘Falling Out of the Sky’, one of the CLiPPA 2016 shortlisted books.  She shares her first time experiences of writing, editing, performing and running workshops for children.  The Emma Press is partly founded on a love of children’s literature: one of the reasons Emma Wright and […]

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