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Writing tips from The Desmond Elliott Prize

17 July 2014 / Tips / 0 comments

The Desmond Elliott Prize, now in its seventh year, is awarded to a first novel written in English and published in the UK. It was created in memory of the charismatic publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in August 2003. He stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award… more

Emma Healey event at Blackheath Library

17 July 2014 / Running reading group events / Tips / 0 comments

On Friday 11 July Blackheath library welcomed along debut author Emma Healey to talk about her novel Elizabeth is missing an intriguing mystery story about a 82 year old dementia sufferer. Sarah Davis tells us about the event and gives her tips for running successful reading group events in libraries. The evening started at 7pm with an interview with Emma.… more

12 ideas for Creative Reviews for teen books

12 June 2014 / Running a reading group / Tips / 0 comments

We're always hearing about the amazing things that Reading Activists are doing with books. Book recipes, book posters, Skype interviews - check out some top ways of turning your book into a creative review. 1. Illustrate your review Liven up your words with some illustrations and colour. This review of Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman was created by Jess Parkinson from… more