Libraries should pay authors a fair sum each time they lend out an e-book or writers will go bust, a leading novelist claimed today.
Philip Pullman, best-selling writer of the His Dark Materials children’s fantasy trilogy, says authors could lose up to two-thirds of their income and even be forced to give up writing altogether if hard copies of books in libraries are replaced by e-books.
On November 9th 2013 the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be holding a one day Festival of Children’s Literature in Birmingham by way of celebrating the FCBG’s 45th anniversary and their receipt of the Eleanor Farjeon Award last year.
Inspired by the venue in which the Festival is taking place, the Birmingham Conservatoire, the theme for the day is stories across the arts, exploring how children’s literature has fed into and off music, theatre, film and puppetry.
James Mayhew, perhaps best known for his Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina books which explore fine art and ballet, will be running a workshop aimed at children 10-14 years old, about illustrating to live music (performed by musicians from the Conservatoire), using Benjamin Britten’s music for T. H. White’s King Arthur book, The Sword in the Stone.
David Almond, winner of the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Carnegie Medal, and two Whitbread Awards, will be celebrating 15 years of Skellig, including exploring its adaptation for opera, theatre and film.
Clara Vulliamy, who has over 30 books to her name including the much loved Bear with the Sticky Paws and Lucky Wish Mouse, will be hosting an exciting mini puppet toy theatre workshop based on Bubble and Squeak, a book specially written for her to illustrate, by James Mayhew.
Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate 2003-2005 and Emma Chichester Clark, illustrator of more than 80 books, including Blue Kangaroo and Melrose and Croc, will draw the day to a close with an engaging insight into their new collaboration, a retelling of Pinocchio.
Tickets will be on sale from September 2nd (you will be able to buy them online via the Festival’s webpage, or in person in central Birmingham). We are working to keep ticket prices as low as possible and as soon as we receive confirmation about the outcome of funding bids we’ve made (at the end of July), we’ll be able to confirm prices.
If you wish to preregister your interest in the Festival and receive a reminder email when ticket prices are confirmed, and when tickets go on sale, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can phone 07814 741043 for further information.
The adventures of a twin boy and girl that have sold 21 million children’s books over the past 53 years are to be turned into a TV series.
But BBC producers have had to plump for two unrelated lookalikes to play Topsy and Tim after failing to find a suitable set of siblings.
Jocelyn Macnab and Joshua Lester, both seven, will fill the roles of the five-year-olds in the 60-part show.
It will be the first live drama to air on CBeebies.
Author Jean Adamson said she was, “tickled pink that Topsy and Tim are still relevant to today’s audiences”.
To coincide with UK Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June, Hodder Children’s Books launch an app of popular picture book Just Like My Dad from best-selling children’s author and illustrator,
Developed using the Touchoo Creator interactive book editor, the Just Like My Dad app has been simultaneously released today, Thursday 13th June, for both iOS and Android platforms. Available from the iTunes AppStore and Google Play in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America priced at £1.99.
Andy Sharp, Group Rights and Digital Director, comments: “I am delighted to be bringing this David Melling classic to the digital audience. I am looking forward to sharing the app with my two sons who are going to have a blast with some of the sound effects. I can’t wait for this weekend when I can gift my own dad the app!”
First published in 2002, the original picture book of Just Like My Dad is a story that conveys what so many father/child relationships are about in a humorous and touching tale from David Melling, author and illustrator of the well-loved Hugless Douglas books. “A celebration of the father/child relationship. David Melling’s approach is affectionate and comic.” – The Guardian
U.K.-based children’s book publisher Kingfisher has scaled back its U.S. operations, cutting its staff from three to one and reducing the number of titles it will release per season from 60 to about 35
Best known for the bone-crushing justice delivered by the iconic character Judge Dredd, U.K. publisher Rebellion is going after a somewhat younger crowd with its new children’s imprint, Ravenstone, which launched at BEA with the June release of its first book, Lupus Rex by singer-songwriter John Carter Cash.
Ravenstone joins Rebellion’s other prose imprints: Solaris – which publishes fantasy, science fiction, and horror, including books by bestselling author James Lovegrove – and Abaddon Books, which presents shared-world fiction, mostly in the urban fantasy genre.
Jon Oliver, editor-in-chief at Rebellion, said that a children’s imprint fits well with the publisher’s genre offerings.
From The Independent’s Children’s Books Blog, a Q&A with Sophie Smiley, author of a series of chapter books illustrated by Michael Foreman:
Sophie Smiley is the author of a heart-warming series of chapter books about a football-mad family. Packed with charming illustrations by the award-winning Michael Foreman, the books follow the adventures of big sister Charlie (short for Charlton) and her brother Bobby, who has Down’s syndrome. Books in the series include Bobby, Charlton and the Mountain, Man of the Match and Team Trouble.
Sophie recently took part in a cultural exchange between British and Turkish writers before speaking at the London Book Fair, where Turkey was this year’s Market Focus. When she’s not busy working on her novels, Sophie teaches English, Film Studies and Creative Writing. She lives in Cambridge.
British author Sophie McKenzie’s latest novel Close My Eyes is a significant departure from the fiction her younger fans have come to know, but perfect to keep you awake all night. In her exclusive interview with TheReadingRoom.com, McKenzie reveals why the change.
Her previous books for children and young adults, include Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing. She has won numerous awards, including being twice long listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
Close My Eyes is a psychological thriller for adults, perfect for readers who love a spine chilling read.
Forty-five years after it was written, Ringo Starr’s song about wanting to "be under the sea / In an octopus’s garden in the shade" is to be turned into a children’s book.
Starr has given permission for his Beatles song Octopus’s Garden, which describes his wish to "ask my friends to come and see / An octopus’s garden with me", to be published as a picture book by Simon & Schuster.