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Information Book Awards longlist announced

25/04/2020

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The longlist for the SLA Information Book Award has been announced, with 29 non-fiction titles vying for the shortlist. The awards cover non-fiction for under sevens, eight to 12 years and 13 to 16 years.

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Apply for funding for author event

25/04/2020

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Not-for profit organisations in Scotland can apply to Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature remote event funding for support to host events or projects with authors.

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English with Holly

25/04/2020

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Since schools closed last month, English teacher Holly King-Mand has been delivering a variety of free, live and interactive English lessons for KS1-3 on her YouTube channel - English with Holly - at 11am every weekday.

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2020 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

25/04/2020

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The closing date for the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, which runs alongside the Branford Boase Award, has been extended to Sunday 31st May 2020. The competition, for those aged up to 19, is for stories of up to 1,000 words.

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Competition for Carnegie / Greenaway Shadowing groups

21/04/2020

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The 2020 ALCS Carnegie and Kate Greenaway (CKG) writing competition has been launched, encouraging children to imagine a day spent with their favourite character. Closing date is 14th September.

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Darren Shan ebook giveaway

20/04/2020

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Darren Shan is giving away the first e-book in his major new fantasy saga, Archibald Lox, months ahead of schedule to give fans around the world some escape in the midst of lockdown.

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Authors Live on Demand

19/04/2020

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Scottish Booktrust has made its Authors Live programme, created with the BBC, available on demand to viewers at home and to schools, enabling children to still watch author events at a time when these aren't physically possible.

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Cressida Cowell to continue as Children's Laureate

16/04/2020

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Cressida Cowell's tenure as Waterstone's Children's Laureate will be extended by another 12 months - the first time anyone has continued in the role for longer than two years - in response to the current pandemic.

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