Category Archives: Authors

World Book Day and Celebrity Authors.

The World Book Day organisers have named their chosen £1 books for WBD on March 1st 2018 and have unwittingly started a very interesting and fairly heated discussion on the current state of Childrens’ Book commerce and book charity distribution. … Continue reading

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UKYA Vlogs and Blogs and Book Tubing

In the past month via some serendipitous tweets @SeniorLibNHS   I have come across a rich vein of articles, blog posts and book tubes about childrens’ and Young Adult novels that completely open up the world of current and classic fiction for anyone over twelve (i’d … Continue reading

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¡Hola! World Book Day

Thursday March 3rd is World Book Day for the UK. Nottingham author Kim Slater is visiting us for a round of Year 7 Writing Workshops with her first novel, Smart, receiving multiple book award nominations and four prizes to date. … Continue reading

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Man Booker Short List Pop-Up Bk Gp.

There is a very interesting Short List this year for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The prize is worth £50,000 to the winner of the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK.  The authors are from Nigeria, … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Unread

A new initiative driven by James Walker of Nottingham Writers’ Studio is the creation of an interactive reading environment Dawn of the Unread which combines Nottingham history, graphic fiction and digital learning with the work of local authors and artists … Continue reading

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Nottingham. UNESCO City of Literature

You may have heard that Nottingham is bidding to become the 2015 UNESCO City of Literature. Nottingham has a very strong case having produced more than a fair share of quality authors over the past few centuries and a vibrant cultural … Continue reading

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50 Best Books for Cultural Diversity

  A few years ago I wanted to add the category of cultural diversity to our Year 7 Reading Challenge, but the term “cultural diversity” didn’t sit very well beside animal, fantasy and thriller so I named it Other Cultures … Continue reading

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The Fault in our Stars

John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, unsentimental but humane, is a bestseller with good reason.   It illustrates the way we can prevail through the worst of circumstances; a way we can manage the unchartered areas of our lives, adult or child.   (His … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite Metasphere?

Year 6 and 7 had a very absorbing talk from Jeff Norton yesterday to coincide with WBD.  Promoting the fourth and final book in his MetaWars series, Jeff introduced (most of us) to the terms and concepts of Digital Legacy, Meta-trends, Meta-Spheres and Tech … Continue reading

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Bali Rai writing workshop for Year 8

    Writing Workshop for Year 8. Bali Rai, award winning author of teen fiction, spent the day with Year 8  yesterday ( Thursday 16th January).  Commencing with a talk about writing, the importance of recreational reading and the background to … Continue reading

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