Ilkley is currently hosting one of Britain’s most vibrant literary festivals, with a stellar lineup and a riveting programme focused on burning contemporary issues.
A book about dying, death, bereavement and coming to terms with loss has won the 2012 Carnegie Medal.
The best possible training for any sort of writing is to read as many examples of the genre written by experienced people as you can. That way you absorb the conventions and possible approaches. You won’t write, say, a decent novel, play or poem unless you’ve read plenty of novels, plays or poems. And exactly the same principle applies to theatre reviewing.
Children’s non-fiction, or “Educational Writing”, is often seen as the poor cousin of children’s fiction (unless, of course, you’re Terry Deary) – it’s time we started paying it better attention.
‘One day’, I thought as I lay completely paralysed, ‘I would like to write a book that will help somebody else to get through a shit time’. When I was diagnosed with cancer and my boyfriend dumped me, I realised that day had come.
There’s a great clip doing the rounds of top US book designer Chip Kidd talking about why book jacket design is important. It’s largely made of anecdotes relating to some of his greatest hits (Naked by David Sedaris, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami) but the central point is that each book [...]
Thousands of children each year leave primary school with little more than basic literacy skills. Dr Cathy Taylor, principal at the Sirius Academy in Hull, spoke out last week after finding almost one in ten pupils joining her school at 11 had a reading age of five.
There’s a new model for publishing and, despite what Anthony Horovitz say, it isn’t self-publishing.
The death of books has been proclaimed many times, with digital assumed to be the chief assassin. Print can’t last they say, as Kindles and e-books take a larger share of a market in apparent crisis.
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