Thursday, September 08, 2005

Booktrust has a busy autumn ahead.
The STORY campaign and National Short Story Competition were launched very successfully at the Edinburgh Bookfair, creating even more attention than we'd expected. The first New Writing Ventures competition we've run for the New Writing Partnership in East Anglia nears its close - winners to be announced in October.

Faith Liddell, co-ordinator of the STORY campaign, Jacob Polley, poet and a judge of the New Writing Ventures competition, Kate Griffin of Arts Council London and Yvonne Hook, Reader Devt Officer at Booktrust and editor of our 'Underwords' anthology.
The winner of the third Booktrust Teenage Prize will be announced in November, the Booktrust John Llewellyn Rhys prize soon after that, the Nestle Children's Book Awards in December... (see our main websites for details on all of these). Our wonderful Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson will be in conversation with Andrew Motion in an event to launch this year's National Children's Book Week.... I'm speaking at the Conference on the Book at Oxford Brookes University this Sunday, at a fringe meeting of the Lib Dem Conference and the Scottish Bookstart Conference over the next few weeks, and attending the Frankfurt Bookfair for a meeting of EUREAD, the European network of reading promotion organisations. Meanwhile we're all working hard on the expansion of Bookstart.
I'll be taking a camera and posting blogupdates on these events as they happen,plus putting up some archive photos of events gone by.