Celebrating Old Friends

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by Chris Routh (Chair, FCBG) The FCBG annual conference provides a great opportunity to find out about upcoming publishing and discover new authors and illustrators. On Friday afternoon, exhibiting publishers will be racing against the clock with just three minutes each to tell us about the highlights of their year ahead. New names in publishing […]

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Why I made Nell Gwyn the honorary ancestor to Nell Hobs in Will You Catch Me?

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by Jane Elson Every February the charity Nacoa run a Children of Alcoholics Week to shine a light on the hidden problem of parental drinking – 2.6 million children are growing up in the UK with a parent who drinks too much. Nell Hobs, my eleven-year-old heroine in Will You Catch Me? has a mother […]

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A Q&A with Cory Leonardo, author of Call Me Alastair

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It’s not often you read a novel told from the point of view of a bird. But that’s exactly what Cory Leonardo decided to do with her debut children’s novel, Call Me Alastair, which is part-narrated by an African grey parrot. With a bird’s-eye view of love, and a message about what it means to […]

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The Magic of Reality

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by non-fiction author, Christopher Lloyd In the first of a series of blogs about our annual conference, author and publisher Christopher Lloyd, who will have a stand in the publishers’ exhibition, talks about his passion for non-fiction. All of the exhibiting publishers will be invited to introduce their upcoming titles on Friday afternoon prior to […]

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Branford Boase Award 2019 Longlist Announced

In this, the 20th anniversary of the unique Branford Boase award, there is a particularly strong longlist, announced yesterday 31st January. The Award was set up in memory of author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker books, and is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut […]

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Golden National Non-Fiction November Competition Winners

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We were delighted to receive so many entries for the Golden National Non-Fiction November cake design competition – around 300 in total and from all around the UK – England (including Claire’s Court, Epworth Primary Academy, Ravenswood Community Primary School, Springwell Junior School and The Woodroffe School), Northern Ireland (Limavady High School), Scotland (Elgin Academy) […]

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Some of my Favourite Books from My Childhood

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A guest post by author and illustrator Steve Antony Every time I visit my step-dad in Alamogordo, New Mexico I love rifling through old things from my childhood. Once, I returned to the UK with a suitcase full of Star Wars toys that belonged to my older brother. For his 40th surprise birthday I stood […]

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Judging for EmpathyLab

By Nicky Parker, Publisher, Amnesty International UK Today, EmpathyLab announces the 45 books chosen for the 2019 Read for Empathy Guides. I can vouch for them, as I was one of the judges. I have to admit that there were times during the judging process when I wondered why I’d agreed to take it on. […]

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New Ambassador for the Wicked Young Writers Award

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by Chris Routh (Chair) This year’s Wicked Young Writers Awards (WYWA) was launched in October 2018 at the Loogabooga Festival in Loughborough with the help of author Dan Freedman, the new Ambassador for the awards. Over 25,000 entries have been submitted since the first WYWA in 2010, but the organisers are eager to increase the […]

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The Rise of Neurodiversity in Literature and Media

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By Amber Lee Dodd At school, I was plagued with the feeling of being different. As a student with dyslexia and dyspraxia, I struggled with reading and writing, was put into the special needs classes and always seemed to get everything wrong. Like most neurodiverse people, I constantly felt my brain just wasn’t wired up […]

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