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21/05/2014 by Anna James
Hay Festival begins on Thursday for a week-and-a-half of literary events in the beautiful town of Hay. There is something for everyone one - from serious literary discussions to children's activities to comedy and music and most tickets are under £10. You can see the full programme and book tickets here but check out our picks for what's on in the second half of the festival below. (HF) after an event marks it as part of the Hay Fever programme for children and teenagers. Have a look at Part 1 here.  
20/05/2014 by Anna James
Hay Festival begins on Thursday for a week-and-a-half of literary events in the beautiful town of Hay. There is something for everyone one - from serious literary discussions to children's activities to comedy and music and most tickets are under £10. You can see the full programme and book tickets here but check out our picks for what's on in the first half of the festival below. (HF) after an event marks it as part of the Hay Fever programme for children and teenagers. You can read Part 2 here.
20/05/2014 by Dr. Kelly Sheridan
Dr. Kelly Sheridan is a professor of forensics at Northumbria University. She's a panellist at the Crime Story Festival for crime writers and readers at Northumbria University from 31st May - 1st June. She tells us about her favourite characters who work in forensics as well as how the fictionalised version compares to real life.
20/05/2014 by Anna James
Cathryn Dresser, best known for coming fifth in her series of "The Great British Bake-Off", has written her first cookbook. Let's Bake features 52 recipes for parents to cook with children. We asked Jo and Zeb (three) to try out some of the recipes.
15/05/2014 by James Dawson
YA thriller author James Dawson tells us about being shortlisted for the 2014 Queen of Teen award.
15/05/2014 by Anna James
Terra by Mitch Benn is out in paperback today. Gollancz exclusively shares the trailer with us here!
14/05/2014 by Johanna Mackin
Every year, Mental Health Awareness Week determines to shed light on a psychological symptom or condition in an effort to raise the public consciousness and generate a more understanding support network for the afflicted. This year’s focus is anxiety. Anxiety is relatable to all of us, but for those experiencing it at an acute level on a daily basis, it can be a grave and debilitating obstacle to functional, everyday life. In support of this progressive event in the mental health calendar, here are five books about the perpetually anxious.
14/05/2014 by Rebecca Stevens
Rebecca Stevens, author of Valentine Joe, tells us about her favourite novels about war.
12/05/2014 by Rosie Goldsmith
Rosie Goldsmith is a journalist and chair of the European Literature Night. The ELN takes places at the British Library on 14th May and is a celebration of the best writing from around Europe. You can find out more and book tickets here. Here Rosie tells us about her favourite contemporary novels in translation.
07/05/2014 by Diogo Mainardi
Diogo Mainardi has written a book for his teenage son who has cerebral palsy. The book is a journey of 424 steps that start with Tito’s disastrous birth in Lombardo’s Renaissance hospital, Venice. Along the way he describes the Western culture that surround them, from the words of Dante and Proust, to the art of Rembrandt and Monet, to the music of Neil Young and the games they play like Assassin’s Creed, to show how this one boy’s fate has been shaped by history. This is a celebration of love and courage, and of the hope and faith we place in our children. Here he tells us why he decided to write a book for his son Tito.

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