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Terry Pratchett: His World – A Review of the Exhibition

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On until January 2018, the Salisbury Museum with donations and support from The Estate of Terry Pratchett, and Paul Kidby – Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – present an exhibition entitled ‘Terry Pratchett: His World’.

The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.

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2018 World Book Day Books Announced

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The £1 books for World Book Day 2018 have been announced in what will be the 21st year for this prestigious event. The next World Book Day will take place on 1st March 2018, so save the date as we look at the books selected for next year’s event.

World Book Day often offers a range of books, all on offer for £1 with a World Book Day voucher, given away at schools. However, the usually diverse range is celebrity author heavy this year, leading many children’s authors to speak out about being crushed out of the genre by celebrity writers. Read More

London’s Tiniest Library Opens as Part of the London Design Festival

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The London Design Festival is taking over the capital for the 15th year right now and that means weird and wonderful art installations popping up all over the city. From playcastles to light shows, design trails and everything in between what caught out eye is the micro library on London’s South Bank.

This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.

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Get Closer To Dame Agatha Christie…

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English crime novelist, Agatha Christie, was born in the Devon seaside town of Torquay in 1890. Set in what is often called The English Riviera, Torquay boasts a multitude of Agatha Christie themed events and places of interest.

Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels surrounding fictional detectives Poirot and Miss Marple, with tours around Torquay and South Devon offering fans the chance to walk in the famous author’s footsteps.

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Two New Harry Potter Books Coming in Time for Anniversary Exhibition

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If you didn’t already know (have you been hiding under a rock?) this year celebrates twenty years since the release of the very first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This October, the British Library is celebrating with an exhibition to open on 20th October and with it comes two new books about the series! Read More

Emma Watson Hiding More Books, Paris This Time

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Last November, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joined the Books on the Underground movement, leaving feminist books on London Underground trains and stations, and now she’s back to her novel hiding ways, this time in Paris.

Watson played book loving Hermione Granger and has continued to carry the torch for book lovers ever since. Her feminist book club Our Shelf Shelf is turning out to be a global phenomenon, and with her Book Fairies initiative and the Books on the Underground movement, she making quite an impact on book lovers. Read More

On a Literary Date

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You must have heard of World Book Day, Teachers Day, Internet Day, Translation Day and a few other special days in celebration of books, languages, authors, characters and even stationery. Don’t be surprised…days like Pencil Day, Ballpoint Pen Day and World Bookmark Day exist too.

As book lovers, we are definitely not complaining. You know what they say-
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Hay 30th Festival Line up Announced, Including Bernie Sanders

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It’s been announced this week that US Senator Bernie Sanders will join the literary guests at this year’s Hay Festival, the 30th anniversary year for the event. As always, the event will be jam-packed with guest speakers at more than 800 planned events between 25th May and 4th June in Hay-on-Wye.

More well known speakers will include Bernie Sanders, Man Booker Prize winner, Paul Beatty, director Ken Loach, children’s authors Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson and Chris Riddell, and novelists Jeanette Winterson, Colm Toibin, Elif Shafak, and Neil Gaiman. Read More

George Orwell’s 1984 Comes to Broadway!

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George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has once again become very popular in recent times and, with that increase in popularity, the story recaptured people in a new and inspired way.

It was created in 2014 by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan who jointly adapted the famous novel for London Playhouse Theatre. Their distillation of Orwell’s message was well received by critics, despite some reservations about such a famous story being brought to life for the modern era, and the rich, detailed dramatisation will soon be making its way to Broadway, in the USA.

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