Monthly Archives: February 2012

JK Rowling announces new novel – for adults

Rowling is drawing a line under her children’s writing for publisher Bloomsbury by signing up to Little, Brown for her adult output in the UK and USA. JK said of today’s announcement: “Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as … Continue reading

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Famous Five 70th anniversary marked by star illustrators

Much-loved illustrators including Quentin Blake and Helen Oxenbury have reimagined the Famous Five to mark the 70th anniversary of the adventurous quintet’s first appearance, bringing new looks to Enid Blyton’s classic characters. Blyton’s publisher approached Blake with the idea of … Continue reading

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Royal Lancaster Infirmary A&E not meeting essential standards, says CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report into an unannounced inspection of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. This inspection resulted in CQC serving a warning notice on University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS … Continue reading

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World Book Day celebrates with Jane Austen portrait

A newly discovered portrait claimed to be of Jane Austen, and a sampler worked in slightly wonky stitches by the author as a girl, will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford for just one day to celebrate … Continue reading

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The Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year rewards peculiarly named books from around the world

Thanks to Writers online for this one! Run by The Bookseller and its sister consumer magazine, We Love This Book, the Diagram Prize was set up in 1978. 64 titles published in 2011 were submitted for this year’s award, which … Continue reading

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Hiya pupil, please avoid slang, ta

A secondary school has instructed its pupils to stop using slang words such as hiya, cheers and ta, to enhance their prospects of landing a top job. Sheffield Springs academy, which is based in one of the most deprived parts … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie simplified

Publisher Collins has reduced 20 of Christie’s detective novels by 60%, simplifying the language and adding character notes and glossaries. The new series of abridged novels are set to introduce non-native English speakers to the glory of the British murder … Continue reading

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Prince Charles backs job opportunities for young people

The Prince of Wales has announced that he is to launch a youth job ambassador scheme. The Prince plans to establish the scheme through his charity The Price’s Trust. The charity is to create 100 jobs for unemployed young people … Continue reading

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Outpatient Survey 2011

The results of the latest survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission show that more patients are treated with respect and dignity but the way they are given information about treatments and results needs to improve. More than 72,000 outpatients … Continue reading

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Magma poetry magazine seeks poems on the theme of music: the universal language

Published three times a year, each issue of Magma has different editors. Issue 53 is edited by Rob A Mackenzie and Kona Macphee, who have both been practicing musicians. For their issue, they are looking for poems that explore the … Continue reading

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