Benjamin Dean | 'I did want to be able to write something that I could almost ‘give’ to my younger self'

When Benjamin Dean began to pursue his dream of writing fiction, he did not expect his début to be a novel for children. “I never really anticipated writing for children at that time,” he tells me, speaking on the phone from his London home. His middle-grade novel Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow will be published by Simon & Shuster Children’s Books in February, but it began life as a story for older teenagers. Continue reading at 'The Bookseller'

[ The Bookseller | 2020-11-26 14:11:48 UTC ]
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“I’ll take my characters to bed.” Walter Dean Myers on his writing process and routines.

On this day in 1937, the prolific author Walter Dean Myers was born Walter Milton Myers in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The three-time National Book Award finalist was known for his realistic, groundbreaking, affecting portrayals of the Black urban experience, which did not shy away from... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo writing memoir about 'never giving up'

Manifesto will chart the first Black Booker prize winner’s 40-year journey to literary centre-stage and encourage others to pursue creative fulfilmentBernardine Evaristo, the first Black woman to win the Booker prize, is writing a memoir about how she “moved from the margins to centre stage”... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Ann Cleeves has written a short story based on indie store Forum Books in Northumberland, which even features manager Helen Stanton as a character. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Primadonna festival 'gives prominence' to women's writing

New literary event the Primadonna festival will give "prominence to work by women”, with support from author Kit de Waal and Curtis Brown agent Cathryn Summerhayes. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Floella Benjamin to give BookTrust annual lecture

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“Write the tale that scares you . . . I dare you.” Michaela Coel has some writing advice for us.

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How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects. Continue reading at The Atlantic

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How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

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New Writing North offers TV writing placements

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Struggling as an author? Stop writing only what you want to write

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Facebook Gives Publishers New Tools, Hopes They’ll Use Them to Give Facebook More Stuff

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How Much Can You Make Writing Romance?

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10 years of the Stella: how Australia’s women’s writing prize changed a nation’s literature

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