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Wales’ Book of the Year 2017 Announced

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Pigeon by Alys Conran has been named Wales’ Book of the Year 2017. The award given out by Literature Wales are a celebration of Wales’ very best writers and gives prizes across several categories including Welsh language works.

Alys Conran was awarded with three prizes at the awards ceremony including the people’s choice winner. Pigeon is a tale of childhood, growing up and the complications that come with that, and while it’s set on a Welsh hillside, it’s likely to speak to people the world over. Read More

Royal British Legion Install “In Flanders Fields” Poem Across the Land

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Today is Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, put aside as a day to commemorate the British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The day is always marked on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11th November, Armistice Day.

Every year the Royal British Legion put on displays across the land, usually incorporating the red poppy, the symbol of Remembrance and this year that display includes a very famous poem. Read More

Study Suggests Adult Colouring Books May Improve Mental Health

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Colouring books for adults have become hugely popular of late and many adults have been sharpening their colouring pencils and doing their best to stay within the lines. Not only is colouring a relaxing way to pass the time, a recent study from New Zealand has found that colouring could help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Psychology researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that doing some colouring-in for as little as ten minutes a day can see a notable increase in an individual’s mental health. The study was published in the Creativity Research Journal and has shown that a bit of colouring-in can be a cheap but effective way to help boost one’s mental health. Read More

Nosy Crow Partner With John Lewis with Moz the Monster Book

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It’s that time of year when the seasonal advertising campaigns swing around and first off the bat as usual in the UK is John Lewis with another touching, heart warming advert. As always, John Lewis are accompanying that advert with a stack of related merchandise so you can expect to see Moz the Monster under many Christmas trees, and this year the brand is partnering with Nosy Crow for a Moz the Monster children’s book!

If you haven’t seen the advert yet, you should probably start there. It begins with a little boy nodding off as his book slides off the bed. Read More

Wizards Unite AR Game Coming from Niantic (and it’s really not a hoax)

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When Pokemon Go launched in the summer of 2016 it was instantly the most popular games ever available for download and it’s gone on to become the biggest grossing game of all time. Pretty soon people were discussing the idea for other versions and an unconfirmed rumour about a Harry Potter Go version went viral.

That story turned out to be a hoax, but this time we have it straight from the horses mouth as Pokemon creators, Niantic announce that Wizards Unite is coming and it’s going to turn your neighbourhood into a giant game board. Read More

Share Some Secrets: New Book Helps Abused Children Speak Out.

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Children’s author Christina Gabbitas has created a book to help children speak out about abuse they may be suffering. The book explains how there are ‘good’ secrets such as a surprise birthday present and ‘troublesome’ secrets like abuse and manipulation. It is meant to encourage children to distinguish between the two, and support them in sharing troublesome secrets.

The idea came to Gabbitas a couple of years back “after seeing and listening to harrowing stories on the news and speaking to various individuals”.

According to The Guardian, the author says: “I started to look into available resources to try and educate early years and primary children. I noticed there was a distinct lack of books for a child to pick up without needing parental supervision. There is plenty of stuff available to help pick up the pieces afterwards, but we haven’t done enough to educate children from a young age”.

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5 Best Books About the JFK Assassination

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the best known events in American history and with so many files from the assassination finding themselves classified, it’s an event that has always attracted conspiracy theorists. Over the years the subject has been discussed extensively, and many books on the subject have been written. You’d think we may have exhausted the subject but with the release of a cache of classified files last week, the subject is back in the forefront of the minds of many. Read More

Cambridge University May Have to Shake up English Literature After Protest

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Cambridge University may be looking to make some changes in its English Literature courses as students have demanded that the university ‘decolonises’ it’s English Literature authors. Student Union women’s officer Lola Olufemi led the call, signing an open letter to the university calling for non-white authors and post colonial thought to be meaningfully incorporated into the curriculum. Read More

Intimate Harper Lee Letters to be Sold

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A very short time after the death of Harper Lee last year it was announced that a collection of her letters was to be sold. The letters were auctioned off just six week after Lee’s death and in them she talked of her failing health, and other personal events.

Now, a year later it’s announced that another collection of intimate letters are to be sold, including a prediction that one day America would have a black president. Read More