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Kaye Umansky: How I write

Guest blogger Kaye Umansky has written over 130 children’s books. How did she find writing a story for Bloomsbury’s 247tales?

Kaye Umansky

Author Kaye Umansky

Write a story in 247 words. Phew! That’s a tall order, right? I write longer notes to the milkman.

I was given the title “Spring Cleaning” and the suggestion that the story should centre on Pongwiffy, a witch of dirty habits. Seven books are coming out about her this year, so it made sense, as I am currently in the Pong Zone, as I call it. Continue reading

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Susie Orbach and ‘Bodies’

From guest blogger editorial consultant Cressida Downing

I found it fascinating to hear Susie Orbach, writer of Fat is a Feminist Issue, talking about her new book Bodies. Susie was in conversation with author and journalist Rowan Pelling as part of the Cambridge Wordfest.

There’s nothing like seeing authors in the flesh to round out your view of them – and their work. In this case, both were wearing rather fabulous shoes: Rowan was in red converse trainers, Susie silver ballet pumps. Continue reading

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Crazy cake for book lovers

From guest blogger editorial consultant Cressida Downing

Do you REALLY love a book? Ever thought of having a cake made of it? Have a look at this hilarious attempt on the famous cake-wreck blog spot http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/04/twilight-of-our-discontent.html

What book would you like to see as a cake?

Yours, Cressida

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Jarvis Cocker champions the independent store

With its in-store gigs and limited-edition releases, Record Store Day ended up being more than just a marketing ploy. And if you have a moment, do catch the Jarvis Cocker interview for C4 from the last independent record shop in Sheffield – it’s hilarious. Continue reading

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Kate Summerscale’s ‘Book of the Year’

Now that the winners have been announced at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House, what can I say? The British Book Awards was a star-studded occasion, with Richard and Judy hosting (for the sixth year running) and lots of celebrity-authors gracing the red carpet, among them Jerry Hall, Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Jo Brand and Jack Dee. Continue reading

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George Orwell: literary snub

I’ve just been distracted by what’s being billed as the literary snub of the 20th century in today’s Sunday Times. It’s emerged that T. S. Eliot (he was a director of Faber & Faber at the time) rejected Orwell’s Animal Farm largely on the grounds of its portrayal of the pigs – more intelligent than the other animals and perhaps best placed to run the farm, had they been a little more public-spirited, that is. Continue reading

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