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Star Wars Reads Day 5th October

In 2012, there over 1200 events at schools, libraries and bookstores celebrating Star Wars Reads Dad across America. In 2013, the rules have changed!

This year you don’t have to sign up! In 2013, any bookstore, library or school around the world can hold a Star Wars Reads Day event. Put the date (Saturday, October 5th) on your calendar and start planning and promoting an out-of-the-world event. (Schools and school libraries are encouraged to hold their events on Friday, October 4th).

Activity packs are free to download in colour and in black & white.

Catch up with what others are doing on the official Star Wars Reads Day Facebook page.

World Book Night 2013

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Yes! Today is World Book Night 2013. This year as in previous years I will be participating as a giver.
 
I was fortunate enough to be picked again and this year I will be giving copies of The Dark Judges – one of the greatest Dredd stories.
 
They came from Deadworld – twisted, ungodly versions of Judges with enough power to destroy the world! Led by the cadaverous super-fiend Judge Death, Judges Fear, Fire & Mortis share a chilling ethos – as only the living can break the law, all life is a crime!

The fearsome foursome are intent on bringing their brand of justice to Mega-City One. Only Judge Dredd and Psi-Division’s finest telepath Cassandra Anderson can stop them from committing a Mega-City massacre!
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and I will be giving copies to 20 struggling & reluctant readers in my school.
 
I chose a graphic novel as I have found in working with reluctant readers that they do not equate comic books and graphic novels with reading and most of the kids are happy to give comics a read as opposed to books with just words.
 
World Book Night has (for the past two years) formed part of my getting kids reading in my school, I also utilise a collection of old proof copies of books and duplicate donations I have received to reach more than 20 potential readers.

Authors Live: Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Date: Thursday 1st December

Time: 11am – 11.40am

Age group: P4-S2 (8 – 14 years)

Venue: Your classroom, library or home computer

http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors-live-with-kjartan-poskitt

If you miss the live event you can watch or download the video from 8th December 2011 using the same link.

Event info:

Kjartan Poskitt is a mathematician like no other: he will entertain pupils with maths tricks, crack them up with jokes about mathematical formula and engage pupils with complex algebra. This event will take place on Thursday 1st December 2011 at 11am.
The nationwide event is part of the Meet our Authors programme, run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance, one of Scotland’s leading providers of tax-free family savings and investment solutions.
Meet our Authors includes an exclusive series of authors’ events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading children’s writers. The programme is the first of its kind in the UK. Anyone can watch by visiting: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors-live-with-kjartan-poskitt
Kjartan Poskitt will be the 10th children’s author to take part in the Meet our Authors project which began in 2010. To date more than 400,000 children across the UK have taken part in the webcasts
Author biography:

Kjartan is a freelance everything. Since getting his engineering degree he worked on Saturday morning TV (including BBC’s Swap Shop!), presented science and maths programmes, warmed up thousands of studio audiences, toured his one man show, played a lot of pub pianos very loudly and has been Widow Twankey. In recent months he has been touring the country demonstrating mathematical tricks and oddities from his books.

His books have been translated in up to 20 languages and include the “Murderous Maths” series, “The Gobsmacking Galaxy”, “Isaac Newton and his Apple”, the “Warp Maze” with cartoonist Stephen Appleby, 4 books in his notorious “Killer Puzzles” series, handbooks on Practical Jokes and Secret Codes, 6 support books for the BBC Schools series “Megamaths” and a GCSE maths guide.

He has also written songs and scripts and worked as a games consultant for a wide range of children’s TV shows and his music for TV includes the original theme for the BBC’s “BRUM” and the long running “SMART” series.

Meet Our Authors on Facebook

We set up a Meet Our Authors Facebook page where you will find back ground information, interviews, video clips and weblinks all about the programme. We also feature a great competition for each of the events which you can enter (Facebook account needed).

 

T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme Launches Today

The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the best new poetry by shadowing the judges of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Two poems from ten collections shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize will be available to download from www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15 from 1 November.

The Shadowing Scheme is run by the Poetry Book Society in collaboration with the English and Media Centre. Students are encouraged to read the poems and to take part in a poll to vote for their choice of winner.There will also be a competition for individual ‘A’ level (or equivalent) students to write the best 500 word rationale for their choice of poet.

Prizes for the winning student include tickets to the T S Eliot Readings and the award ceremony in January 2012, with the chance to meet the winning poet, and a complete set of the 10 shortlisted titles.

For further details, please visit the Poetry Book Society website at www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15. The Scheme will start on 1st November and a teachers’ guide will be available on the emagazine website at www.emagazine.org.uk.

Halloweek: Halloween Cosplay

For the manga and anime fans that use the library (and particularly if you have an established manga group) run a Halloween cosplay.

There are a number of gothicy, scary manga series including Rozen Maiden, Rosario Vampire, Hellsing, Reiko the Zombie Shop, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Cat-Eyed Boy, Hell Girl, Zombie Loan.

You can also encourage your manga fans to dress up as Sadako Yamamura the ghostly girl from The Ring movie. “within seven days of watching a normal videotape, you receive a phone call, saying you will die in a horrible and painful way” you could play pass the parcel with the “prize” being a video tape cassette.

Encourage the artistic members of the group to design and create their own manga horror characters. Almost anything that you can do during a standard manga meeting can be adapted for a Halloween special…

Halloweek: BOO!k Discussion

If your space and budget is limited you can fall back on a BOO!k discussion. You can put a Halloween theme on the proceedings by putting whatever snacks you provide for the group into trick or treat bags. You can also put a personalised joke into each of the bags, there are many websites that specialise in Halloween humour.
As a related-craft activity you could show off some Halloween origami skills.

Halloweek: All Hallow's Read

All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.

Rather than read about it you can watch Mr Gaiman explain it below

This one can be done on a day or over the week, produce horror reading lists, see if you can get signed copies of scary books to give away as prizes – this is easier than you may think with the number of authors on twitter. It may be easier to stick signed book-plates into books as they are easier to post. Ask publishers if they can donate a copy or two or buy them and get them signed.

Anyway All Hallow’s Read is an idea that was dreamt up by Neil Gaiman, his written material can be used for a Hallowe’en event all on its own. Sandman (create your own Merv Pumpkinhead), Neverwhere, American Gods, The Graveyard Book – there is so much creepy goodness is his back list you can go wild.

Halloweek: Día de los Muertos Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd November

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

You can run calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls) design competitions. You can follow the example of Jonathan Koshi and update the idea to pop culture items: http://bit.ly/ghyTGl & http://bit.ly/nq4s3R or print out a skull picture and have the young people create their own designs.

To keep the theme spooky you can also read Mexican Folktales to them while they work.

Halloweek: Monday 31st October Hallowe'en

Monday is Halloween so if you run a Teen Group or Chatterbooks group on this day it may be possible to run a pumpkin carving workshop or even a spooky story event – maybe combine the two. Think about running a creative writing event – spooky stories created by the group, or each attendee can suggest the scariest story they know and argue about which one is the scariest.

As I have suggested in previous years making a librarian mask is as simple as taking a photo of your face and printing it out on a sheets of cardboard for the attendees to cut out and wear. The October 2009 edition of Teen Librarian Monthly has a step by step process on how you can make the mask.

Becca Fitzpatrick October Tour of the UK


Tues 18th

LONDON 6:30pm
Talk & Signing at Foyles Bookshop
The Gallery space
Foyles
Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0EB

Talk & signing.
FREE. Reserve a place online at Foyles or phone the store on 020 7437 5660

Weds 19th

BOSTON 7pm

Talk & Signing with Waterstones Boston
Blackfriars Theatre
Spain Lane
Boston
PE21 6HP

Entry by ticket only. Tickets £3, available in-store or tel:
01205 360002

Thurs 20th

IRELAND 6pm
Talk & Signing: Eason
40 Lower O’Connell Street
Dublin

To reserve a place tel: 00 353 (0) 1 858 3800

Sat 22nd

BIRMINGHAM

9am-12pm

Signing at Eternal Twilight 6
Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC

Full details and tickets available from http://massiveevents.co.uk/eternaltwilight6/

2pm
Signing at Waterstones Birmingham24-26 High Street
Birmingham
B4 7SL

To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on 0843 290 8149

Sun 23rd

BIRMINGHAM

9am-12pm

Signing at Eternal Twilight 6
Hilton Metropole, Birmingham NEC

Full details and tickets available from http://massiveevents.co.uk/eternaltwilight6/

Mon 24th

LONDON / SOUTH

11am
Talk & signing at Waterstones Windsor Windsor Library
Memorial Hall
Straight Road
Old Windsor
SL4 2RN

Entry by ticket only. Tickets available from Waterstones, 20-21 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DU, tel: 01753 856456

3pm
Signing at Waterstones Bromley 100 The Glades
Bromley
BR1 1DJ

To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on 020 8460 6037

6.30pm
Talk & signing with Waterstones Crawley
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
Crawley
RH10 6HG

Entry by ticket only. Tickets £3 available from the library tel: 01293 651751, or in-store at Waterstones, 83-84 County Mall, RH10 1FD, tel: 01293 533471

Tues 25th

LONDON

1pm

Signing at Waterstones Bluewater
West Village
Greenhithe
Bluewater
DA9 9SE

To reserve a signed copy (subject to availability. Reserved copies may not carry a dedication) phone the store on
0843 290 8159