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John Boyne – Birmingham Literature Festival

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On the final day of the Birmingham Literature Festival, John Boyne was in conversation with the city’s own Kit de Waal, discussing his latest novel A Ladder to the Sky and his life as an author.

The event began with Boyne briefly outlining the novel, the tale of wannabe writer Maurice Swift who will do anything to make himself a famous writer including begging, borrowing and stealing stories. This was then followed by a brilliant reading from the book by the author himself which drew me in and made me want to read the book all the more.

Kit told John that she had greatly enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky, listening to the audiobook, narrated by Richard E. Grant, she was so gripped she didn’t want to get out the car to do her food shopping. Read More

Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More

Hay Festival a Big Boost to Local Economy

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Research carried out on the impact of the Hay Festival has shown that the economic impact over the past three years has totalled more than £70 million!

The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
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First Irish Book Week to Be Held This October

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Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland are teaming up to bring us the Irish Book Week, a seven day, nationwide celebration of Irish books, authors, and bookshops. The inaugural event will see the Irish Book Week begin from 27th October to 3rd November.

As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. Read More

Book People Celebrates Its 30th Birthday with Competitions and Events

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This month marks Book People’s 30th birthday, and the company isn’t about to let such a landmark pass it by without some serious celebrating which will include prizes, events, and competitions for both staff and customers.

As The Book Seller reports, the celebrations begin this September and there will be a range of book-themed competitions for customers to join in with. The prizes on offer range from books and gifts from Book People, as well as items from the company’s publishing partners such as a Mr Men and Little Miss hamper, signed prints from children’s illustrators, and the opportunity for parents to have their child’s name featured as a character in the next Rainbow Magic book. Read More

Nicola Sturgeon to Discuss Her ‘Life in Books’ at the Wigtown Book Festival

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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister is well known for her love of books, and it has now been announced that she will speak on the opening day of the 20th annual Wigtown Book Festival next month. Sturgeon has described books as “amongst my very favourite things in life,” and often gives recommendations on Twitter.

As the BBC reports, Sturgeon will discuss the books that have most inspired her in a talk with author Damian Barr entitled ‘A Life in Books.’ Sturgeon is joined by a line up of notable readers including the likes of Clare Balding, Patrick Gale and Susan Calman. Other politicians present will include Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson and former Home Secretary Kenneth Baker. Read More

The 6th Gladfest Literary Festival is Coming

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The Gladstone Library is one of Wales’ treasures, set in the idyllic border town of Hawarden the library is an imposing building filled with over 250,000 books bequeathed by former Prime Minister William Gladstone. We’ve discussed the Gladstone Library before, and how you can actually book a stay here, but today we’re focusing on Gladfest, the literary festival held at the house each year.

Gladfest is in its sixth year and claims to be the UK’s friendliest literary festival. This year’s event takes place from 7th to 9th September and there are all sorts going on this year.

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