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Literary Anniversaries: 28 November

Today we celebrate a birth and commemorate two deaths. Let’s start with the deaths – of two beloved children’s writers: Ian Serraillier died in 1994.  You can find out more about his life and works by clicking here, where we wished

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Literary Anniversaries: 13 November

Casting back to my dim and distant childhood, I’m not sure if I can remember anyone who had more influence on me until I made the transition to reading ‘adult’ books than today’s birthday boy … Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes described

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Literary Anniversaries: 09 November

The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then We have two literary anniversaries to explore today, both of them poets. Firstly, 09 November marks the death of Dylan Thomas in 1953.  You can find out

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Literary Anniversaries: 06 November

I wonder if it’s frustrating to be an accomplished author of a series of books, but to only really be well known for your very first novel? Today, we celebrate the birth of Michelle Magorian, born in 1947. OK, so

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90 Years of the Bear With Little Brain

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” A recent poll voted Winnie-the-Pooh, the Bear of Little Brain, as Britain’s Favourite Bear.  I know, because I voted for him.  The next bears, Paddington and Rupert, received less than half

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Literary Anniversaries: 29 October

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”   Today we commemorate the life of the celebrated children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, who

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Things That Go Bump In The … Library

It was a dark and blustery night in October.  The wind howled as it sent the clouds racing across the moon’s unhappy scowl, and the trees lost their leaves as they shook their fists at the young children passing by …

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Literary Anniversaries: 01 October

We kick off October by celebrating the life of EB White, who died today in 1985. Back in July, I wrote about White’s charming children’s books, Stuart Little (1945) and Charlotte’s Web (1952). I must admit that whilst the latter was

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Literary Anniversaries: 22 September

              Today is officially Hobbit Day! “Today is my 111th birthday. 111 years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable Hobbits. I don’t know half of you half

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Literary Anniversaries: 16 September

Today, we can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Julia Donaldson, born in 1948.

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