BBC And Booktrust Launch Young Writers’ Award
Calling all teenager writers! The BBC has teamed up with reading charity Booktrust to launch a new award for aspiring young authors. The Young Writers’ Award is for UK teens aged 14 to 18 and aims to ‘inspire and encourage the next generation of writers.’ The new award will be announced next year to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the National Short Story Award, which is also jointly run by the BBC and Booktrust. This year, the award was won by We Need to Talk About Kevin author Lionel Shriver for her short story, Kilifi Creek.
For the Young Writers’ Award, teens have to submit a short story of up to 1,000 words, on the theme of their choice. Judges will pick five stories for the shortlist and finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in October next year. The winners for both awards will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. All writers on the shortlist will receive a National Short Story Award 2015 anthology and will see their work published on both the BBC Arts and Booktrust websites. The overall winner of the Young Writers’ Award will also receive one-on-one mentoring sessions with an adult author.
So, do you think you’ve got what it takes? Entries can be made via the Booktrust website – the deadline is 25 February 2015.
Student Creates Glow-In-The-Dark Harry Potter Books
A Hungarian graphic design student has been the talk of the Internet after pictures of her glow-in-the-dark Harry Potter books went viral. The books, which also feature pop-up illustrations, were designed by Kincső Nagy as part of her coursework. Kincső originally posted images of her project on the showcase website Behance, but they shot to Internet fame when Reddit spotted and shared them.
All books in the Harry Potter series have been given a makeover by Kincső, who used stencilling, laser cutting, pop-up and glow-in-the-dark paint for the front covers. And, well, the results are pretty magical – see these unique Harry Potter books for yourself!
New Data Reveals ‘Most-Completed’ Books Of 2014
New data released by e-bookseller Kobo has shed light on which books consumers were most and least likely to finish this year. After compiling data from more than 21 million users, Kobo revealed that the most-completed book was self-published novel Rotten to the Core, written by Casey Kelleher. Although the book is not a major title or a bestseller, a whopping 83% of people read it cover-to-cover. The research also unveiled that this year, Brits finished more romance novels than any other genre, with a 62% average completion. This was followed by thrillers and crime novels (61%) and fantasy (60%). In France, readers were most engaged with mystery novels with 70% completion, while Italian readers were more partial to romance with 74% completion.
Winnie The Pooh Drawing Sells For £314,500 At Auction
A famous Winnie the Pooh drawing sold for a staggering £314,500 at a recent London auction, achieving three times its estimated price. The ink illustration is entitled ‘For a long time they looked at the river beneath them’ and depicts the bear, Piglet and Christopher Robin playing Poohsticks on a bridge. Drawn by EH Shepherd, the picture was first published in 1928 and featured in The House at Pooh Corner, which was AA Milne’s second book.
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JK Rowling’s Detective Books To Be Adapted For TV
The BBC announced earlier this week that it will be adapting JK Rowling’s detective novels for TV. Written under the male pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling will form the basis of a crime-drama series, though the exact number of episodes is still under discussion. Filming and broadcast details are yet to be released, however it has been confirmed that Rowling will help with the adaptation. In the meantime, a BBC and HBO adaptation of Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy is due to be aired next February.
Malala Audiobook Nominated For Grammy Award
The audio recording of Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography has been nominated for ‘best children’s album’ in the upcoming US Grammy Awards. The audiobook of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Changed The World is read by Indian author Neela Vaswani. The Grammys are typically associated with music, though audiobooks are permitted. Malala’s book describes her journey from schoolgirl to peace activist, and how she risked her life to get an education. Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize back in October together with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
Have you read or listened to Malala’s autobiography yet?
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