World Book Day 2015 Line-Up Revealed
The authors participating in next year’s World Book Day celebrations were revealed yesterday, and the list is longer (and more impressive) than ever before! The 2015 line-up features a whole host of much-loved children’s writers, including all-time favourites Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Gates’ creator Liz Pichon, Michael Rosen and Cathy Cassidy. Illustrators Nick Sharratt and Jonny Duddle will be joining the tour, along with young adult fiction writers Holly Webb and Holly Smale, known for her popular Geek Girl book series. Numerous events will be taking place across the UK and Ireland from the 23rd of February to the 6th of March in celebration of what’s been dubbed as ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth.’ Every event will give children the opportunity to meet up to six of their favourite illustrators and writers. A range of £1 books will be specially produced in aid of World Book Day, and kids will be able to get their hands on a special £1 token to spend on a book of their choice.
If you want to keep up with all the latest news, check out the World Book Day website.
Ali Smith’s How to be Both Wins This Year’s Goldsmith Prize
This year’s Goldsmith Prize for original fiction has gone to Ali Smith for her novel, How to be Both; a tale about a renaissance artist from the 1460s and a grieving teenage girl living in the present day. The book, which was also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, won the award for its inventive publication and unique form, which borrows from the technique of fresco painting. Readers are able to pick up two versions of the book; both have the same cover but one version has the main half switched around. This is the second year the £10,000 prize has been awarded. Judges said they were proud to award the prize to Smith as her book is one which “confirms that formal innovation is completely compatible with pleasure – that it can be, in fact, a renewal of the writer’s compact with the reader to delight and to astonish.”
You can pick up your copy of How to be Both from the WHSmith online store.
Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl To Be Adapted For Screen
The film rights to Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl have been snapped up by newly formed British production company, Monumental Pictures. The news comes just four months after the Moran’s novel was released, having already sold half a million copies in 16 countries. The semi-autobiographic tale follows the life of Johanna Morrigan, a girl who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde and embarks on a career as an adventurous music journalist. Moran will adapt the book alongside fellow novelist and screenwriter John Niven. Film4 will be financially backing the project.
Have you picked up your copy of How to Build a Girl yet?
New Competition Calls For Teenagers To ‘Remix’ Classic Literature
A new competition created by children’s laureate Malorie Blackman calls on teenagers to ‘remix’ some of Britain’s best-loved books. ‘Project Remix’ is inspired by the ever-growing popularity of fan art and fan fiction and encourages readers to unleash their creativity. Blackman, who had the idea for Project Remix when she was first appointed children’s laureate, said that the competition is all about “fuelling that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, [and] putting creative control directly back into their hands.” A total of 24 books have been chosen as the source material, including both classic and contemporary novels. People can enter one of five categories: comic strip, creative writing, trailer, music, or cover design.
Fancy a shot? Head over to the Project Remix website for more information.
‘Jane Austen’ Enjoys A Day Out In Bath In New Video
Shoppers in Bath got a bit of a surprise when they were joined by novelist Jane Austen as they strolled around the city. The video ‘Jane’s Day Out’ shows the writer coming to life and exploring the Georgian city. She can be seen posing for photos, eating ice cream, skipping through fields and of course, visiting a book shop. The film was commissioned by Bath’s Jane Austen Centre and shot by production company Doubleshot.
Watch the Jane’s Day Out video and let us know what you think!
The Bible Voted Most Influential Book
The Bible has been voted the book that has had the greatest impact on the modern world in a new study. The survey, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by London-based publisher Folio Society, asked 2,000 Brits to vote for texts they think have had the greatest influence on contemporary society. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was ranked second most influential, followed by Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Although science and religion texts dominated the top spots, fiction books featured in the top ten list too, including Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell in fifth place and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in seventh place.
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