Tue, 07/02/2012 - 08:30
Former children's laureate Anne Fine has condemned plans to cut Durham library services, calling them "short sighted" and "almost immoral."
According to a local news report, Fine, who lives in Barnard Castle, has spoken out...
Thu, 17/12/2009 - 09:09
Philip Pullman is the latest children's author to reaffirm his opposition to the government's controversial 'vetting and barring scheme' (VBS), despite changes announced earlier this week by the Independent Safeguarding Authority that largely exclude authors from having to be registered.
Pullman told The Bookseller...
Mon, 14/12/2009 - 16:07
Authors remain opposed to the government’s controversial 'vetting and barring' scheme, despite a change that largely excludes them from having to be registered. The government climb-down also means that the vast majority of booksellers will now not, in the normal course of their bookselling to schools, have to register with the...
Tue, 22/09/2009 - 07:55
The Society of Authors has said that a "chink of light" has appeared in the ongoing row over the controversial new legislation which will require authors who regularly visit schools to be registered on a national database. Following a meeting with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) it has emerged that "old...
Tue, 25/08/2009 - 07:24
Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine has warned that "realism has gone too far" in contemporary children's literature. The Times reports that Fine has claimed modern day children's books are bleak, with little to inspire young readers.
She said: "In the Fifties, when a strong child was dealing with...
Thu, 16/07/2009 - 07:35
Children’s authors and illustrators, Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake have described the government's new legislation requiring them to enter their names on a database as "corrosive and poisonous" and will stop visiting schools from the start of the new academic year in protest...
Wed, 11/03/2009 - 07:02
Current and former children’s laureates will join forces this spring to help celebrate the first decade of the children’s laureate post. The promotion includes a Laureate’s Table, inspired by Waterstone’s Writer’s Table, whereby the laureates will reveal their favourite children’s books.
Mon, 24/11/2008 - 15:59
Children's authors Philip Pullman and Anne Fine have accused publishers of putting book sales at risk by pressing on with age-banding on books.
Writing on The Bookseller website, Pullman stated: "It’s just as likely that an adult will decide NOT to buy a perfectly suitable book, if they go by the one-size-fits-...