Molly Mischief Q&A and Resources

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Molly Mischief (Pavilion Children’s Books) is the new creation from Mr Men author and illustrator, Adam Hargreaves. Molly is a little cheeky. In the first book in the series, Molly wants a new pet. But finding the right type is going to be tricky…and mischief ensures when Molly, inspired by a trip to the zoo, […]

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Hearing Poetry: A Guest Blog from Rachel Rooney

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From the heartbeat heard in the womb, the bedtime lullaby sung to soothe us and the nursery rhyme chanted to amuse and entertain, we are innately programmed to tune into the rhythms and cadences around us. And in doing so, we lay down solid foundations for both language and literacy development. Poetry is a form […]

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The Philippa Pearce Lecture 2017

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This Friday 8th September Chris Riddell will be giving the Philippa Pearce Lecture in Cambridge. His chosen theme is ‘The Age of the Beautiful Book’, and in this golden era of children’s literature, he is certainly on topic. As we know, Chris Riddell was not only the prior Children’s Laureate, but has also illustrated over […]

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Being an Agent, and a Debut Author: A Guest Post from Chloe Seager

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People often ask me whether being an agent has helped with becoming/being an author, and my answer is usually a vague, unhelpful ‘yes and no,’ so I was really pleased when I was asked to write about this topic. Hopefully, I can give a little more insight here than I can when drunkenly garbling at […]

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Stories Out of Africa: A Guest Post by Lauren St John

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Whenever I’m asked how my childhood in Africa influenced my writing, some memories stand out more vividly than others. One of the best days of my life? Easy. Being half-drowned in a thunderstorm as I watched the horse of my dreams, Morning Star, being born. I put my raincoat over him and touched the huge […]

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Creating a Bridge Between Cultures

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Eshan Abdollahi’s story is a powerful demonstration of the difference that the collective voice can make. At an enthralling event at The House of Illustration, London on Thursday 10th August, the Iranian illustrator described the problems he had recently faced in obtaining a visa to visit the UK for the Edinburgh Festival. As a result […]

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A Change is Gonna Come: Guest Blog from Catherine Johnson

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Hello! I’m Catherine and I’m thrilled to have a story in the new anthology from Stripes A Change is Gonna Come. It’s a brilliant mix of published authors and brand new, brilliant debut writers.  It’s still harder for new writers of colour to get noticed so here’s hoping that this book provides a hand up […]

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The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, A Guest Blog from Prue Goodwin

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I have been lost in stories for a couple of weeks. Can you imagine it? Story after story, full of incredible adventures, ideas and situations. The authors, all under eighteen, had chosen some fascinating storylines; for example: Assassinating a witch I have to admit it wasn’t the best costume for fighting a witch. It was […]

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Here Be Dragons in Bath

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If you live in or near to Bath or are planning a visit there during the next couple of months, make sure you go along to the wonderful Here Be Dragons exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery. This is an ideal event for families, but aficionados of children’s book art will be equally enthralled. Over […]

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Wild About Colour at The Story Museum, Oxford

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‘Let us sharpen our wits and pencils and make sure that what we write and paint will, on the wings of books, fly the child into a world of joy and wonder and imagination and thus help produce a happier and more peaceful world.’ Brian Wildsmith Brian Wildsmith (1930 -2016) was one of a small […]

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