Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

Long haul flights can be a drag for adults, but it’s even harder for young children to endure hours of boredom in silence. Recognizing this problem, EasyJet has come up with a brilliant solution that not only entertains kids, but also encourages them to read. Earlier this year in July, EasyJet has introduced “Flybraries”, which will see over 7,000 books take to the skies in 147 planes.

EasyJet was inspired when the a recent survey in the UK found that 83% of parents believe their children read less than they did when they were young. You may be familiar with the snacks and drinks trolley coming down the plane isle during a flight, but now a book trolley will also make the rounds to offer bored youngsters a book to read with their parents. Once the flight is over, the children return the book, but samples of other classics will be available to download via the EasyJet bookclub.

It looks like there will be plenty of great books on offer as EasyJet has teamed up with famed children’s author Jaqueline Wilson and Puffin Classics to provide a great selection. Just some of the books available includes Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Wizard Of Oz and The Railway Children. As The Huffington Post reports, Wilson said: “The long summer break is the ideal opportunity for children to get stuck into a great story. Books stimulate a child’s imagination and development. Reading soothes, entertains, grows vocabulary and exercises the mind and a flight is the perfect place to escape into a literary adventure. That’s why I think this campaign is such a clever match.”

EasyJets’s CEO, Carolyn McCall, said: “Our in-flight lending library means young passengers can pick up a brilliant book during their flight and then return it to the seat pocket at the end of the flight for the next customer to enjoy onboard. We think it will be popular with parents and children alike.”

Royal Mail and the Inappropriate Shakespeare Play

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To celebrate the birthday of Mr William Shakespeare, the Royal Mail decided to dedicate some postboxes to the bard. They wrote quotes from his famous play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on postboxes across the country but failed to notice the irony of their mistake.

Anyone who has read or seen the tragedy would know that the plight of the poor youngsters may have been prevented if a letter had arrived on time. Their deaths were at the hands of a late delivery! Perhaps Royal Mail had neglected to remember that fact when they chose this play over LITERALLY ANY OTHER.

Twitter became awash with snarky comments from ‘um actually’ types who couldn’t wait to let Royal Mail know their mistake.

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Teaser Trailer Released for HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ TV Adaptation

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First published in 2006, Sharp Objects is the first novel written by Gillian Flynn who has since shot to fame following the release of her most well known novel Gone Girl. Sharp Objects follows a newspaper journalist named Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As the bodies begin to mount, Camille’s past comes back to haunt her and things get very creepy indeed. Read More

The Great American Read Coming to PBS

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If there’s one thing I’m sure we can all agree it’s that there aren’t enough books on the television, but all that is about to change with several bookish shows lined up this year. Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that Zoe Ball is to front a television bookclub in the UK and now it’s announced that an eight part series ‘The Great American Read’ is to air on PBS. Read More

8 Books that Capture Caribbean Voices and the Spirit of the Windrush Generation

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Dominating the news in the UK and around the world this week is the despicable treatment of the Windrush generation, a generation of Caribbean migrants who came to Britain after World War II to provide labour.

The name comes from HMT Windrush, a troopship that brought 492 migrant workers to Tilbury Docks, London on 22nd June 1948. These people were the first to land on our shores, and the name came to mean anyone that arrived in this movement, which lasted until 1971. Read More

UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

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