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Monopoly to Release Winchester Version to Celebrate Austen Anniversary

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This year Winchester is celebrating Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, and today it’s been announced that there is to be a Winchester Monopoly, created to mark Austen 200.

Winchester is the final resting place of novelist Jane Austen who died in the city in 1817, aged just 41, an event that will be marked this year in a series of events in the city and around the world. Read More

Hay Anniversary Marked by Searching for 30 Best Books (and we have the first 15 here!)

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The Hay Festival is probably the most famous literary festival in the world, and is held at the ‘town of books’ every single year. This year the festival celebrates its 30th year and to celebrate it’s ‘crowd sourcing’ a list of the best books of all time!

The #Hay30Books movement has chosen fifteen books from recent years that they think start the list of the world’s most essential books, those books are below, the final fifteen books will be chosen by you.

People can pick their favourite book of the last 30 years – and say why in under 30 words – via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #Hay30Books. If you’d like to join in, get choosing but for now here are the first fifteen books of the #Hay30Books selection. Read More

Adrian Mole Celebrates His 50th Birthday

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If like me you grew up with the angsty, sullen teenager, Adrian Mole then you may feel quite old upon hearing the news that Adrian Mole turns 50 this year.

The original book, the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, by the late Sue Townsend was first released in 1982 when Adrian Mole was aged 13 and ¾. His birthday is put at April 2nd 1967 and that means he’s 50 this year. Read More

Birmingham to Launch Inaugural Poetry Festival

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This week it was announced by Waterstones booksellers in Birmingham that they are to host a poetry and spoken word festival next month, the first of its kind for the city.

The event will be called the Verve and will run between 16th and 19th February featuring poets, spoken word masterclasses, poetry slams, children’s poetry and storytelling events with tickets now available as festival passes or individual event tickets. Read More

9 Fascinating Cult Literary Traditions

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You know you’re a die hard fan when you get Dumbledore or Gandalf references into every conversation, but some bookworms take things one step further bringing events from literature to life with things that become literary traditions. These cult movements celebrate events in books by dragging them from the pages and celebrating them and they really show bookworms to be a breed apart when it comes to sheer dedication to the cause. Read More

On Reflection: My NaNoWriMo Experience

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November is upon us and for many people that means frantically attempting to write around 1,700 words a day to meet the target in National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a huge movement where writers can get together with other writers, receive encouragement and advice, and get the push to write 50,000 words in a month. Read More