World Book Day announces 13 new titles for 2019 and more range than ever before, plus 'Share A Story takes centre stage

World Book Day announces 13 new titles for 2019 and more range than ever before, plus 'Share A Story takes centre stage

World Book Day is putting more books than ever into its campaign to provide every child and young person in the country with a book of their own. Catering for all age groups, from toddler to teen, the expanded list of 13 new £1 titles announced today for World Book Day 2019 was created to appeal to the widest possible range of children and young people, tastes and abilities, and features characters from all over the world.

Short story writers, novelists, playwrights and poets from five Commonwealth regions to judge world’s most global literary prize in 2019

Short story writers, novelists, playwrights and poets from five Commonwealth regions to judge world’s most global literary prize in 2019

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize today announced the international panel of writers that will judge the world’s most global literary prize in 2019. Representing the five regions of the Commonwealth, the panel will be chaired by the Kittitian-British novelist, playwright and essayist Caryl Phillips.

Poetry is the UK’s new force for change - National Poetry Day 2018

Poetry is the UK’s new force for change - National Poetry Day 2018

Public perception of poetry, formerly the Cinderella of art forms, has changed: it is now valued as an effective way of engaging disadvantaged young people, combating memory loss in care homes, and even training army officers to become better leaders. A new National Literacy Trust report, A Thing That Makes Me Happy: Young People and Poetry 2018, published today for National Poetry Day, explores the links between enjoyment of poetry among 8-18 year olds and the proliferation of fresh ways of engaging with it.

Birkbeck's The Mechanics' Institute Review launches one-day short story festival at Waterstones

Birkbeck's The Mechanics' Institute Review launches one-day short story festival at Waterstones

Hot on the heels of publishing the latest issue of their annual anthology, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, the short-story champions of Birkbeck, University of London, are collaborating with like-minded organisations and individuals to put short-fiction expertise and enthusiasm centre stage at Waterstones Gower Street.