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A taste of what's happening around the country.


Waterstones award highlights children's books

11/11/2017

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Of the seven books shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award 2017, three are for children including Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (David Fickling Books) and Costa-winning author Frances Hardinge for A Skinful of Shadows (Macmillan).

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Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories

11/11/2017

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The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, is showcasing an exhibition dedicated to much-loved author Michael Morpurgo, called Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories.

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ReadingZone Festival 2018

11/11/2017

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Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, will be headlining the 2018 ReadingZone Festival with a public event on Saturday 3rd February at Dorking, with authors including Sophie McKenzie, Maz Evans and Christian O'Connell joining our schools' programme.

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Peter Rabbit film trailer released

07/11/2017

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Peter Rabbit film, which will be shown in UK cinemas next Easter. And in case you've missed it, here is also the Paddington Bear 2 trailer; the film releases on 10 November.

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Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Nominations

06/11/2017

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The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations for the 2018 awards have been announced, with a number of titles appearing on both lists and independent publishers including Flying Eye Books, Barrington Stoke and Tiny Owl well represented.

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Young writers' competition opens

28/10/2017

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The Wicked Young Writer Awards is inviting those aged 5-25 years to submit a piece of writing for the competition. Entries can be up to 700 words and include fiction, non-fiction, scripts and poetry. The closing date is 12th March 2018.

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Plot revealed for Pullman's Book of Dust

19/10/2017

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One of the most talked-about books of 2017, Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust, is published today and after eight months of secrecy, the embargo is now lifted on the novel's plot.

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Publishing contract up for grabs

14/10/2017

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Aspiring children's authors have a chance to win a 10,000 publishing contract in the annual Times / Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. The closing date is 8th December.

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