Blogs

  • Rising to the challenge

    Barbara Band school library consultant and advisor

    Lockdowns put significant demands on the school library sector but librarians have adapted to cope with the new landscape. Read more

  • Spreading the word

    David Hayden service manager of development at Somerset Libraries

    Somerset Libraries’ tablet lending scheme enabled residents in areas of high deprivation to seek work or access local wellbeing services through Covid. Read more

  • The gold standard

    Cressida Cowell

    The Children’s Laureate gives an update on her Life-changing Libraries campaign to fund primary school libraries. Read more

  • Post-pandemic libraries

    By Benedicte Page

    Deputy Editor at The Bookseller

    This week’s special Library Focus issue of The Bookseller includes some fascinating titbits from upcoming history The Library about the complex ways in which libraries were... Read more

  • The way forward

    Nick Poole

    Libraries and publishers have much to gain by taking a more collaborative approach in the way they work with each other  Read more

  • Money well spent

    Laura Swaffield

    Given libraries’ resilience and innovation in the lockdowns, and despite piecemeal reopening plans, physical libraries remain essential post-pandemic. Read more

  • Time to decolonize and diversify the writer’s retreat?

    Nels Abbey, Author and founder of Black Writers Guild

    Trigger warning: unpopular opinion. I have long despised the idea of writers’ retreats. I entirely agree with the concept itself but felt it was in... Read more

  • Bringing Read Hour to the UK

    Olli Alanen, executive director of Finland's Children and Youth Foundation

    For many reasons, in the West, one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century is that literacy among young people is decreasing.... Read more

  • Yinka, where is your proof?

    Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

    Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, debut author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? (Viking), reveals all about the reality behind the dream of being published.... Read more

  • The reading cure

    Christine Pride and Jo Piazza Authors

    In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last summer we saw sales of books about race, racism and the Black experience skyrocket. This was borne out... Read more

  • Imagining Alph

    David Annand Author

    Average author earnings in 2018 were £10,497. This doesn’t have a lot to recommend it other than the fact that should it remain at this... Read more

  • Whitaker’s world

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Last week David Whitaker, a former editor of The Bookseller and for a long time the head of the family that owned the magazine, died.... Read more

  • Writing Winter Counts

    David Heska Wanbli Weiden Début novelist

    The stories and perspectives of Native American citizens have been consigned to the margins for centuries­; Winter Counts is a response to that Native Americans in the United... Read more

  • Impact, not intent

    Pragya Agarwal Author

    If you are on Twitter, you couldn’t have missed it. Kate Clanchy’s memoir, that won the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, is rife with racialised... Read more

  • When we are all judges

    Dorothy Koomson Author

    When Jane McMorrow, director of Creative Future, asked me to sit on the judging panel for their Writers Award, I’ll admit to being a little... Read more

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    The Christmas Pig
    by Rowling, J. K.
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    by Billy Connolly
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