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2006

Writing Historical Fiction Weekend 2006

Friday 24 March - Sunday 26 March 2006

This unique course will cover writing historical fiction and is run by Lindum Heritage. It provides not only writing workshops under the guidance of a specialist tutor but also talks about historical time, place and sources by a professional historian. As more and more people enjoy reading historical novels, the scope for writing historical fiction has never been greater.  Read more

Masterclasses 2006

London Book Fair Writing Masterclasses

The London Book Fair/Daily Mail Masterclasses are running again this year in conjunction with The Arvon FoundationThe celebrated Arvon creative writing courses cover four and a half days and range from Novel Writing to Starting to Write. Some grants are available. (http://www.arvonfoundation.org). The LBF is much earlier this year, so the Masterclasses are on Saturday 4th March at ExCel, the Fair’s new venue in Docklands.  Read more

Masterclass children - LBF 2006

A special report from the 2006 Masterclasses at the London Book Fair

In four packed sessions at the London Book Fair, the Daily Mail Masterclasses provided excellent coaching for aspiring writers. Our third report deals with writing for children.  Read more

Masterclass fiction - LBF 2006

A special report from the 2006 Masterclasses at the London Book Fair

In four packed sessions at the London Book Fair, the Daily Mail Masterclasses provided excellent coaching for aspiring writers. Our second report deals with writing fiction.  Read more

NAWE and Arvon

National Association of Writers in Education Writers in Schools Research Programme

NAWE has just announced a new project which sets out to explore and monitor the effectiveness of writers working in schools in a variety of ways, over a 3-year period.  Read more

T S Eliot 2006 Shortlist

T S Eliot Prize 2006 shortlist announcement and School Shadowing Scheme

The Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk has just announced the Shortlist for the T S Eliot Prize 2006, to be awarded to the writer of the best new collection of poetry published in 2006.

Judges Sean O'Brien (Chair), Sophie Hannah and Gwenyth Lewis chose the following ten collections:  Read more

T S Eliot Prize 2006

T S Eliot Prize for Poetry - winner announced

The Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk has just announced the winner of the 2006 Prize at the award ceremony in London and it is Seamus Heaney for his collection District and Circle, published by Faber and FaberClick for Faber and Faber Publishers References listing.

The prize money of £10,000 is given by the widow of the poet, Mrs Valerie Eliot, and the Prize is sponsored by the broadcaster Five

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Diagram Prize 2006

The 2006 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year

The shortlist for the 2006 prize has received unprecedented international coverage, from the Orlando Sentinel to the Hindu. In the UK listeners were bemused by the Today programme running a competition for listeners to imagine the titles were for a novel and to write the opening paragraphs.  Read more

Diagram Prize 2006 winner

The 2006 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year

The winner of this prize has now been announced in the Bookseller and is:

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montague, published by Harry N Abrams.

There were 5,500 votes in all on theBookseller.com, more than ever before. The runner-up was Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan.  Read more

2006 International Book Fairs

International Book Fairs 2006

Our list of book fairs has been updated for the New Year, including a few more new ones. The information becomes sketchier towards the end of the year.  Some annual fairs seem to have been cancelled for this year, but we will revise this list as more information becomes available.  Read more

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