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BfK No. 142 - September 2003
Cover Story This issue's cover illustration is from David Almond's The Fire Eaters. Cover photograph is by Getty Images. David Almond is interviewed by Peter Hollindale. Thanks to Hodder Children's Books for their help with this September cover.
Sumptuously produced, this landscape format picture book begins with endpapers in a soft green. We graduate to dusty pink and then to cream as we reach the title page and onwards, Voake's scratchily expressive pen illustrations with hints of wash...
After a long journey from Rome with their mother Claudia, Marcus and Telemachus rejoin their father Gaius, the commander of a fort on Hadrian's wall. The local tribe, the Brigante, appears to be friendly but the feelings of the conquered are not...
Today is the 21stNational Poetry Day, a good reason to celebrate and share poems. Earlier this year, Roger McGough, a judge on the excellent CLiPPA expressed his hopes that publishers will do more to support new poets in the years ahead: ‘There are some fantastic young writers out there – and spoken word poets – maybe we are about to hear from a new generation.
The longlists have been announced for the 2016 UKLA Book Awards and UKLA have also announced new co-sponsors: Lovereading and Lovereading4kids have joined MLS as sponsors to help the awards grow still further.
Nine books have made it on the shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, which celebrate the most popular children’s and young adult books by Scottish authors or illustrators. The books, which will now be read and voted on by tens of thousands of Scottish children, are:
Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho has been awarded the CLiPPA 2015 for Werewolf Club Rules, his first solo collection of poems. He received £1,000 and a specially bound copy of his book, hand bound by bookbinder Mark Cockram.