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‘Good Omens’ Official Trailer Released

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Last year, it was announced that Amazon had begun work on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit 1990 book Good Omens, which tells the story of a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale who work together in order to prevent the Rapture. It was later revealed, much to the delight of fans, that David Tennant had been cast as Crowley and Michael Sheen was to be Aziraphale. Read More

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Final Trailer is an Explosion of Reveals

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The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is here and I just don’t know where to start!

Firstly let me say that violin solo is everything, the soundtrack sounds absolutely amazing and I am beyond excited to see the next instalment of this fantastic series.

And now, but, but, Nagini! Given how many animagi are in the original Harry Potter series, I shouldn’t be all that surprised that the snake that become a horcrux was originally a person, a woman at that. In the trailer you see Nagini in her human form transforming into snake, we’re hoping it’ll be explained how she ended up being trapped in snake form.
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The full trailer for Netflix THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is here!

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The teaser trailer for The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix was spooky and eerie but it told us very little about the book, but now, finally the full trailer has landed and I am seriously freaked out!

We’ve been waiting patiently for the full trailer and now, less than a month until the show launches, it’s here. The adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of the iconic horror story about five siblings who grew up in America’s most haunted house. It’s available on Netflix from October 12th, and here’s that trailer… if you dare!

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First Full Length Trailer for Mary Poppins Returns

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Back in March we brought you the news that P L Travers’ most famous creation, Mary Poppins was heading back to the big screen in Mary Poppins returns. That announcement came with a teaser trailer but now we have the first full length trailer in anticipation of the new movie.

It’s over 50 years since the original film adaptation with Julie Andrews in the starring role. This time Emily Blunt is picking up the mantel as Mary Poppins returns to London to help the Banks’ family once more.

Here’s the trailer, what do you think?

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Featurette Released

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In 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took Harry Potter fans on a brand new adventure which followed a young wizard named Newt Scamander as he embarked on a magical adventure in 1920’s New York. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel later this year and, to help tide you over, a featurette named ‘Back to Hogwarts’ has been released. Read More

Crazy Rich Asians movie adaptation proves a big hit worldwide

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The new movie Crazy Rich Asians was adapted from the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan and released on the 15th of August 2018. Kwan intended to show modern Asian culture, and based aspects of the book on his own life in Singapore growing up.

The story follows a group of young Asian people (the book tells the story through each of their perspectives) and is centred around the wedding between Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, Colin Khoo, and a fashion icon, Araminta Lee. The author was inspired by family members, particularly his paternal grandparents who showed Kwan how to live a life of quiet confidence and elegance. Despite some cynicism from his editor about the lavish displays of wealth in the book, Kwan defended his descriptions, noting:  “truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to details”.

The adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is a sumptuous feast for the eyes as well as a classic tale of boy-meets-girl-his-mother-does-not-approve-of, all wrapped up in a bow of traditions and rituals of families in Singapore. Directed by Jon M. Chu under Warner Bros. Pictures- check out the trailer below.

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Malorie Blackman named as newest Doctor Who screenwriter

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Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses) has been named as the sci-fi television series newest writer!

As a Doctor Who fan and a fantastic writer, Malorie had already been asked 5 years ago to write a short story based on the Seventh Doctor series with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (hear an extract). 

Speaking in 2013, about her original short story, Blackman wrote:

I have always loved Doctor Who. From the time I was a child and the Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith.”

The bosses at Doctor Who couldn’t have made a more perfect choice!

The latest series of Doctor Who will hit our screens this Autumn with many of the writers hidden from the public until now. Malorie Blackman is joined by writers Pete McTighe (Wentworth), Ed Hime (Skins), playwright Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (The Life And Adventures Of Nick Nickleby).

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Malorie Blackman and Michael Rosen in Conversation

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Malorie Blackman and Michael Rosen have joined forces to bring us this in depth talk on writing, reading, and all things BOOK!

Both writers are treasures of the literary world- particularly with the younger readers- so gaining knowledge from them about their work and motivation is invaluable.

Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books and is one of our most compelling writers for young people. Awards received for her writing, include the Red House Children’s Book Award, Eleanor Farjeon Award, Fantastic Fiction Award, and a shortlisting for the Carnegie Medal. In 2008 Blackman received an OBE for services to children’s literature and was the Children’s Laureate 2013–2015. (Find out more here)

Michael Rosen has been writing since the 1970s and has so far written over 140 books and was Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He writes fiction, articles for newspapers and magazines, and poetry. Rosen appears at UK schools, libraries and theatres to perform his poetry, helps teach children how to write, or to talk about reading and writing. A staunch supporter of children’s literacy, Rosen appears regularly on radio and TV, either reading books, or talking about books. He also teaches at universities and runs workshops about children’s literature and poetry. (Find out more here)

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Socialist bookshop gets support from writers and poets.

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A bookshop in London has gained support from some big names in the literary world after being attacked by right-wing thugs.

A group of 12 men emboldened by extreme right-wing rhetoric, one wearing a Donald Trump mask, entered Bookmarks bookshop as staff were closing up, intimidated staff, destroyed displays and magazines while shouting far-right slogans.

In a show of support and solidarity, crowds gathered outside the bookshop on Saturday to hear poets and writers speak out against racist, violent, and extreme rhetoric from the far-right.

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Ted Hughes: in his own words

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Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire, England on the 17th of August, 1930 and grew up in and around farmland where he learned to fish and hunt. His poetry is steeped with natural imagery, flora and fauna. The savagery of the natural world- both beautiful and violent- influenced him greatly, prompting him to use animals and nature as metaphorical devices.

Hughes’ terse yet powerful use of language, coloured by his West Riding dialect, created a hard energy to his work- emphatic but evocative, and never self-indulgent.

Watch below for a wonderful reading of The Crow by the poet himself.

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