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Thom Peart

JM Barrie Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Philip Pullman

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This year’s annual JM Barrie award, which is used to recognise a “lifetime’s achievement in delighting children,” has been awarded to His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman. The prize is given out by the charity Action for Children’s Arts, which works to ensure that all children across the world get to experience the arts.

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The House That Inspired Wuthering Heights Is on the Market

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Fans of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights will be interested to learn that the house that helped inspire the story is now on the market. The 17th century property is called Ponden Hall and is found a stone’s throw from Stabury, West Yorkshire. The Brontë sisters regularly visited the house during the 19th century and it has been a popular guest house in recent years.

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Sales of Political Books Have Almost Doubled over the past Two Years

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The world of politics has seemed especially pervasive over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why. US President Donald Trump sparks one controversy after another, the UK and Europe are battling it out over Brexit, North Korea remains an ever growing threat, and Russian trolls seem to be everywhere. It’s no wonder that sales of political books have almost doubled in the past two years as readers try and make sense of it all.

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Amazon Confirms It’s Upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Will Be Set During the Second Age

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In late 2017, Amazon announced that it had secured the rights for a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. Exactly what part of Middle-Earth’s long history would be covered wasn’t specified, but fans of the epic fantasy were beside themselves with excitement following the news. In a recent Tweet, the show’s official Twitter page confirmed that the show will take place during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, and included a rather lovely looking map.

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Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Official Trailer Released

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In early 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had given the green light for a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit novel Good Omens. Later that year, it was announced that David Tennant had been cast as the demon Crowley and that Michael Sheen would portray the angel Aziraphale. After years of stopping and starting, a TV adaptation finally seemed to be on its way.

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Teacher Reads Books Every Night on Facebook to Make Sure Students Have a Bedtime Story

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Reading to your child before bed is a great way to help foster a lifelong love of reading, as well as helping to improve literacy skills. With this in mind, Dr. Belinda George, a Principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, in Southeast Texas, has started reading bedtime stories to her students over Facebook Live.

As The Washington Post reports, George gets into her pajamas at 7:30 on Tuesdays and then opens Facebook Live in order to read her students a bedtime story. She calls it ‘Tucked-in Tuesdays’ and anyone who visits the schools Facebook page can tune in. The stories have proven to be quite a hit and Dr. George has received great feedback from her pupils.  “Kids will come up to me Wednesday and say, ‘Dr. George, I saw you in your PJs reading!,” she said. “They’ll tell me their favorite part of the book.” Students enjoy her reading and funny voices, and often ask where they can find the book in the library.

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HBO Releases New Posters for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

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Since it made its debut in 2011, BO’s TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest shows of all time. The eighth and final season is looming ever closer, and now HBO has got us even more excited by releasing a number of character posters which feature the remaining main characters sat upon the coveted Iron Throne.

Who will rule Westeros once the final episode airs?

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George R.R. Martin Declined a Cameo in the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’

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George R.R. Martin, author of the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, shot to fame following HBO’s smash hit adaptation known as Game of Thrones. The show first aired in 2011 and this year its eighth and final season is set to air. Both Martin and the show’s writers have expressed a desire to have the book’s author make a cameo appearance in the show, but so far their schedules seem to have never aligned. Now, with only one season left to air, Martin has revealed he declined one last opportunity to appear in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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