Carnegie Award winning author Mal Peet has died after being diagnosed with cancer last Christmas.
Mal was an original and brilliant writer, author of books such as the Carnegie-winning Tamar, the landmark Keeper and his latest, much-admired novel, The Murdstone Trilogy. In addition to the Carnegie Medal, Mal won the Guardian and Branford Bose Awards.
I only met Mal once, when we had dinner together the day before speaking at the Fly Festival in Norwich. He was a funny and convivial conversationalist and great company.
He will be sadly missed.
Dawn of the Unread, the graphic novel exploring Nottingham’s literary histor has just been shortlisted for the Guardian education ‘teaching excellence’ awards.
Dawn of the Unread was the brain child of James Walker, putting together comics, zombies and libraries in peril in a unique and exciting combination.
Authors and illustrators combined to produce a unique blend of protest, text and graphic imagery, focussing on the rich literary history of Nottingham. Each pair of authors and artists combined to produce a chapter of the online graphic novel.
The results can be seen here:
My own contribution was to combine with Steve Lander to bring children’s author Geoffrey Trease and the characters of his iconic Robin Hood novel to life.
At a time when new and creative approaches to literature and local history are often shunned by the mainstream media, Dawn of the Unread deserves the widest recognition.
I am speaking at a meeting tonight in Coventry alongside fellow author Cathy Cassidy, opposing potential library closures in the city. The closures are on hold, but the issue is live.
The meeting is at the Methodist Hall in Warwick Lane, Coventry CV1 2HA.
I discussed the issue this morning on local radio.
BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire
Shane O’Connor’s Breakfast Show
Debating Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute
One hour fifty minutes in.
“Today, Tripoli and Benghazi are cities transformed.” David Cameron talking about Libya four years ago.
I am part of an initiative through which readers meet the authors of some of the books they are reading in their local library:
Days after Tories paraded through the TV studios saying that nobody has done more to rein in the banks culture of greed and borderline corruption, we discover this year’s bonus pot at the major institutions is five billion pounds. Bloody good job we are all in this together or it could get a bit annoying.
City hedge fund bosses have funded the Tories’ election campaigns to the tune of £55.1million since 2001. A quarter of donations to the party since 2010 come from hedge fund operators. Two years ago Osborne gave hedge funds a £145million tax cut.
I am one of the speakers at the Hong Kong Young Readers Festival. Two weeks in South China. Nice one.