World Book Night & Shakespeare 400, April 2016

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World Book Night, The British Library, 23rd April 2016

It was very exciting to be attending World Book Night and the celebrations for Shakespeare 400.  An evening of books, authors and the Bard, in the British Library – what more could you want?

“I am serious about books” said Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library. A great way to start the proceedings!  He went on to say what a timely conjunction the events were – of books, reading, the thrill of imagination, listening, performing and thinking.  If I hadn’t already felt quite privileged to be at the celebration, I certainly did after this introduction.  Sue Wilkinson, MBE, Chief Executive of the Reading Agency then came to the podium, and echoed the feeling that it was the ‘right’ place to celebrate reading, words, and reading for pleasure and very aptly quoted Titus Andronicus “come and take choice of all my library”.

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Competition Time with Discover & Be!

I’m pleased to be working with the wonderful Discover & Be, a new educational service providing hands-on, creative learning experiences for children. I will be writing a regular book reviews for them and visiting their Parent & Child classes in May.

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To celebrate, we are running a fantastic competition to win a signed copy of the brilliant new picture book by award winning author Rob Biddulph.

Visit the Discover & Be blog to find out how to enter. ‘Grrrr!’ has just been shortlisted for the IWB Book Award, so don’t miss out on your chance to win and read the wonderful story of the Best Bear in the woods!

The Story Museum, Oxford Literary Festival

Emily Gravett at the Oxford Literature Festival, The Story Museum, Oxford 02/04/2016

I’d wanted to visit the Story Museum in Oxford for some time, so it was a perfect opportunity to do so during the Oxford Literary Festival when Emily Gravett would be talking about her new book ‘Tidy’! Down a side street in central Oxford, the Story Museum awaits full of inspiring exhibits to ‘celebrate stories in all forms’. The Museum has occupied the current building since 2009 and is undergoing transformation on a daily basis, with fundraising in progress to ensure it reaches its full potential. Continue reading