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New online competition for young writers

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247tales.com is a brand new online writing competition from Bloomsbury that challenges young writers to create stories using 247 words or less.

Each month a different Bloomsbury author will pen a 247tale on a certain theme. It is then over to the UK’s budding young writers aged between 8 and 16 to create their miniature masterpiece.

One winner will be chosen each month and they will have their 247tale featured on the website as well as winning a selection of books. Ten runners-up will get a signed copy of the latest book from that month’s featured author, as well as links to their stories which will appear in 247Library section of the website.

The competition launches at 2:47pm on World Book Day (Thursday 5th of March) with a 247tale from debut author Elen Caldecotton the theme of When I Grow Up Rules and details of how to enter are all on the site – www.247tales.com*

Other authors taking part include Kaye Umansky, Gemma Malley, Mark Walden, Chris Priestley and Iam Beck.

* The site will go live on the 5th March

Librarians without Borders

A message from Josie Crimp who is volunteering as a Librarian in Mexico:

Dear all,

I’d like to let you know about a volunteering opportunity for a librarian in Mexico. NPH International run children’s homes in 7 different Latin American countries. They take on children who have either been neglected or abandoned, and give them a permanent home.

I have spent the last 6 months volunteering as the librarian at the NPH home in Mexico, and have 6 months more here. I am hoping that when I leave at the end of June there will be another volunteer ready to take over from me and develop the library further. So I’ve decided to start advertising for the position now!

The position is for a minimum of a year, but all your living expenses are paid for – albeit at a basic level, so it’s an amazing opportunity to travel without a massive commitment to your pocket.

I’ve found my experience here an immense challenge – living with 600 children, learning to speak Spanish from scratch, living on orphanage food – but I’ve never once had any regrets about coming here, and I feel I’ve developed immensely in the 6 months I’ve been here.

If you’re intererested in applying, more information about the charity can be found on the website – www.nph.org – and you can apply online by clicking on ‘Volunteers’ and then ‘Applications’ (Select United States on the list of countries) .

It’s worth noting that whilst Spanish knowledge is useful, I arrived having been learning it for only 3 months, and survived. A qualification in librarianship isn’t a requisite, but I think my training, and my experiences in english public libraries helped me massively with my work. And, obviously, don’t apply unless you like working with children!

Please take a moment to think about it – if you want your life to change this year, this is a surefire way of doing so!

Many thanks,

Josie Crimp

Spine Breakers Live

17 February 2009 / The Sage Gateshead / Gateshead Quays

The teen team at spinebreakers.co.uk invite all teens aged from 13 to 18 to The Sage Gateshead for a day of creative workshops.

Sign up for one of the following:

• learn book jacket design skills with a professional designer

create a short story – practical tips on creative writing with an experienced editor

produce multi-media content for your favourite book – videos, soundtracks & photo stories

PLUS hear Joe Dunthorne, bestselling debut author of Submarine, reading from his book and discussing life, the universe and everything.

Tickets: £5
Times: 9.45 arrival for a 10am start till 4.30pm

Location: The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Tickets are limited so BOOK NOW at www.thesagegateshead.org
or Ticket office: 0191 443 4661

For more information visit: www.spinebreakers.co.uk

The Graveyard Book wins 88th Newbery Award

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has become the 88th title to win the Newbery Award for Children’s Literature.

For the full story go here

For Mr Gaiman’s response to the news you can read his blog.

Something Old, Something New – a WriteAway Conference

From picture books to novels, poetry to comics, oral stories to classic film, this event will assert the importance of values and quality texts for teaching literacy and nourishing young minds. Speakers include John Agard, Anthony Browne, Emma Chichester Clark, Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, Jonathan Douglas, Nikki Gamble, Prue Goodwin, Martin Jenkins, Nicolette Jones, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Morag Styles and Kate Wilson.

An exciting range of practical workshops will present creative approaches to teaching with texts. Presenters include Marilyn Brocklehurst, Darren Coult, Pam Dix, Mel Gibson, Samantha Hardy, Phil McDermott, Cliff McNish, Emma Madden, Sarah Mussi, David Reedy, Kathryn Saeb-Parsy, Luke Slater, Sara Stanley, Mat Tobin and Emma Vieceli.

Date: Friday 22 May 2009

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm (Registration from 8.30)

Venue: University of London

Fee £150 (£120 before 28th February) Book early to avoid disappointment. We were fully booked a month before the last conference.

PROGRAMME

8.30 Registration (tea and coffee)

9.00 Something Old, Something New: Nikki Gamble

9.30 The Relevance of Classic Texts: Jonathan Douglas, Director National Literacy Trust; Kate Wilson, MD Scholastic UK; Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge

10.10 Poetry: addressing the concerns of the Ofsted survey Morag Styles, University of Cambridge

10.40 Martin Jenkins and Chris Riddell: Writing and illustrating Don Quixote and Gulliver’s Travels

11.10 Coffee

11.40 Workshop A choices

12.40 Lunch at the Royal National Hotel

1.40 Workshop B choices

2.50 Interpreting Hansel and Gretel through illustration: Anthony Browne, Jane Ray, Emma Chichester-Clark chaired by Prue Goodwin

3.40 John Agard: Young Inferno

4.10 Closing words

4.15 Tea and book signing

5.00 Close

Workshop A choices

* Universal Stories: approaches to teaching the old epics
* Fairy Tales and Philosophy
* Approaching classic stories through comics and graphic novels
* Choosing texts for the class and school library
* Storybox: an approach to making stories through traditional
motifs
* Telling, reading and writing ghost stories

Workshop B choices

* Shakespeare and Manga
* Classics? Whose Classics? Challenging the literary canon
* From oral storytelling to storywriting
* Teaching Science Fiction through classic films
* Bringing the past to life: historical fiction, costume and artefacts

For more information and to download the conference flier click here

Enticing teenagers into the Library

Enticing teenagers into the library by:  Clare Snowball Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Click on the title for an excellent and informative article on enticing teens into the library by Clare Snowball.

All change please

Welcome to the WordPress version of Teen Librarian UK!  The old site was just so ugly and getting to be a pain to maintain so I decided to move in the direction of a useful, light and not unattractive-looking CMS blogging thing.

Any comments on the new look and also (as usual) any suggestions on how to improve it will be welcomed!

A visit to Walker Books

I was fortunate enough to be invited to have lunch(Burritos) at Walker Books and discuss their forthcoming Graphic Novel and Manga line with Fiona MacDonald and a colleague (whose name escapes me at the moment).

The meal was excellent as I am a Burrito fan (picked that habit up from watching too much Invader Zim – but that is another tale altogether). What really made me excited was the books that they hav lined up for release starting next year. The first book we looked at was Skim a graphic novel written and drawn by Canadian cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. This book has been nominated for a number of literary awards in the USA and Canada and has just been nominated for the Canadian Governor-General’s Award which has sparked some controversy, for more details on that click here and here.

The other titles lined up for release include Glister by Andi Watson, Vermonia – a manga series by Studio YoYo. Vermonia will also contain hidden clues within the illustrations to enable readers to take part in an online game. Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz is also undergoing the Graphic Novel treatment, Salem Brownstone: All along the Watchtowers a gothic graphic novel by John Dunning and Nikhil Singh and finally (for now anyway) The Legend of Robin Hood.

For more details on Walker Books Graphic Novels click this link

Teenage Reading Groups

Starting and running a Teenage Reading Group is not an easy task although it is a rewarding one. Too often when someone wants to start working with Teens in a Library they go all out to attract the non-users into the Library, and, while this can work, it is not always successful.

I have found in my experience that it is best to start with a few teens preferably ones that use the library regularly as they are usually more receptive to coming in for an hour for interesting book-related topics. It takes time, but building up a decent sized group over several months or a year is better than trying for maximum membership from the outset.

The key to building a rapport with teens is to be visible at times other than official TRG meetings as Teens (like most people), respond better to people they know and see on a regular basis (This helps combat the Lone Ranger Effect – When someone rushes in sets everything up, holds the event and then disappears, leaving everyone who attended wondering who the masked man was.)

It is also good that the person (librarian?) running the group gets to know the names of the Teens coming in so it does not appear as if they are always reading off a list. In this way it can further personalise the ‘Teen Library Experience’ and make Libraries seem more relevant to them. It can also assist in dispelling the view of Librarians as just another authority figure that does not really want them around.

It may be best if, for the first session anyway, you organise an ice-breaker – if you have a look at the event ideas section of the website you will find several easily organised events that can be used.