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Is it 2010 already? It is for the Yearbook

packshot_wayb2I’m feeling deliciously light and cool despite it being muggy outside. And it’s not just because I’m sitting near the air con unit – it’s because the 2010 edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook  has gone to the printers bang on time!

So, the shiny red cover may be Continue reading


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‘247 Tales’ competition!

It’s pens (and computers) at the ready for the 247tales writing competition from our colleagues over at Bloomsbury.

You’ll recall that Beth won last month’s competition on the theme of ‘April’s Fool’, writing her tale about a jester’s search for love in 247 words exactly (well done, Beth). Continue reading

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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?

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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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Short Story Competition 2009: everything you need to know

We’re so pleased that our short story competition had such a huge response and we’re still getting lots of you coming to the blog looking for info and adding your thoughts about it all, which is lovely to see.

Anyway, I thought you might like a quick round-up of where to go for all the best bits, so without further ado:

Happy reading!

Claire Fogg

(Publisher, Yearbooks, A&C Black)


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247 Tales: the first winner

Over at 247 Tales the challenge is on… It’s a Bloomsbury competition for children, and right now, the first winning story, When I Grow Up (246 words) by Tomas, age 8, is up on the website for all to admire and read.

Each month, a different Bloomsbury author will pen 247 words on the theme de month. Their stories also feature on the site and 10 runners-up each receive a signed copy of the latest book by that author.

I think it’s a marvellous idea. And I’ll bet that squeezing an idea in 247 little words is a lot harder than you’d think. I’m wondering if this month’s author Julia Green found it difficult? I’m going to try to find out … Continue reading


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FREE download from Bloomsbury – be quick!

For 24 hours only, the Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie will be available to download absolutely free free free!

You’ll be able to access this credit crunch offer from 12 noon on 22nd April to the same time on the 23rd, so you’ll need to work fast. Just go to the Bloomsbury website and follow the easy peasy instructions. You’ll even be able to read it via your iPhone if you’re lucky enough to own one (Grrr … I want one). Continue reading

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Rosey Darbishire – what inspires her?

Today’s guest blogger is Rosey Darbishire, winner of our Writers’ & Artists’ 2009 short story competition. Rosey has already enjoyed some success writing radio plays, but winning the competition has been a high point for her, she says. Knowing that a lot of you have been keen to find out more, we asked her to share what inspires her and why she writes…

Recently I was ordered into a tiny red plastic Postman Pat van by a three-year-old. He told me that I had to stay there. As I sat, knees to chest, I thought about the power children have over those who love them. That was the start of In the Wendy House and a milestone after many years of hopes, and a few years of hard work. Continue reading


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