Books Weekly News Digest- October 3rd 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- October 3rd 2014

The Nation Celebrates National Poetry Day

As you may know, yesterday was National Poetry Day, and many events took place across the country in celebration of our nation’s love of the verse. Plenty of celebrities got involved this year. With the official theme being ‘remember,’ actress Helen Bonham Carter did a reading of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Song’, while actor Michael Sheen narrated a short animation film of Dylan Thomas’ poem, The Hunchback in the Park. The poem was also bought to life by Wallace and Gromit creator, Aardman Animations.

In aid of National Poetry Day, Waitrose surveyed 2,000 people and asked them to vote for their all-time favourite poem. The Owl and the Pussycat was revealed to be the nation’s most-loved poem, followed by Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Humpty Dumpty – all written over one century ago. In May this year, the supermarket unveiled plans to display poetry throughout its stores in order to ‘reduce the drudgery of the regular shop’ and to inspire people of all ages to enjoy poetry in their daily lives. A great idea, we think!

Why not pick up a copy of the nation’s favourite poem?

Did you do anything special for National Poetry Day? If you did, let us know in the comments box below.

‘Terror And Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’ Exhibition Opens Today

A new exhibition documenting 250 years of gothic literature opens today at the British Library in London. The exhibition is an exploration of our fascination with the mysterious, the dark and the downright gruesome. Artefacts on display include books, films, posters and even a vampire-slaying kit. From Dracula to the Ripper and Frankenstein, the UK’s largest gothic exhibition gives a great insight into the influence of ‘the dark shadow’ in our everyday lives, from art, literature and film to fashion and architecture.

Take a look at the British Library’s website to find out more.

Anthony Horowitz To Write Next James Bond Novel

Renowned English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write a new James Bond novel by the Ian Fleming estate. The book, currently called ‘Project One,’ will be set in the 1950s and will include previously unseen Fleming writing, which sees Bond entering the world of motor racing. Called ‘Murder on Wheels,’ Fleming’s material was originally written for a James Bond TV series that was never put into production. The writing will be used in the opening of Horowitz’s novel, which is set to be published on 8 September next year.

Meanwhile, you can check out our range of Anthony Horowitz products.

Harry Potter Fanatic Sets Guinness World Record

Menaham Asher Silva Vargas, a lawyer from Mexico City, has set a Guinness World Record after acquiring a staggering 3,097 pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia over the past 14 years. The previous record stood at 807 items, which is tiny in comparison to Menaham’s gargantuan collection. The Harry Potter mementos are spread out across two rooms in the lawyer’s home and include everything from figurines, jumpers and scarves, to teddies, cushions, wands and replica Quidditch brooms.

Although nowhere near as impressive as Menaham’s, we stock a great range of Harry Potter products..

‘Telling Tales – Nottingham Kid’s Festival Of Imagination’ Taking Place On 11 October

‘Telling Tales – Nottingham Kids’ Festival Of Imagination’ will be taking place on Saturday, 11th of October this year at various locations around Lady Bay on the south bank of the River Trent. The festival, which is aimed at kids aged 3-13, will be jam-packed with story-telling, book-swaps, craft workshops and drama. During the day there will many talks from well-known authors, including author of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series Mo O’Hara, Dragonstone writer James C. Stuart and popular children’s writer Jonathan Emmett. This a great event for kids with a passion for books, enabling them to experience the creativity, fun and imagination involved in story making.

Take a look at the Nottingham Telling Tales website to find out more.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Home To Re-Open To The Public This Sunday

The former home of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell will be re-opened to the public this Sunday following a £2.5 million renovation. For the very first time, visitors will be able to walk around the Regency-style suburban villa and the restored Victorian gardens, both designed to look like they would have during Gaskell’s time there. When the home opens its doors on Sunday it is expected to give visitors a valuable insight into Gaskell’s status as one of the most influential women writers of the 19th century. There will numerous artefacts and manuscripts on display, alongside a programme of organised events. The refurbishment was carried out by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust and was part-financed by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Take a look at the official Elizabeth Gaskell House website for more information.

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