Friday, 17 May 2013
Friday, 12 October 2012
From the ALMA website:
' The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented every year. The award total is SEK 5 million, making it the biggest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. The award total indicates that reading by children and young adults is extremely important. The total is also intended to inspire those involved in this field.
The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion work. The award may be presented to a single recipient or to several, regardless of language or nationality.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.
An award by the Swedish people to the worldChildren’s literature has the ability to boost understanding and exchange between cultures and people. Children’s and young adult's access to literature is a precondition for democracy and openness. The award is designed to strengthen children’s rights at a global level. The attention garnered by the award leads to more translations and to more children having access to high-quality literature.
In the spirit of Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren argued in favour of peace and democracy and against all forms of violence. She participated in social debate as a creator of public opinion in speeches and in newspaper articles. Her deeply humanist spirit also permeates her books. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented to people and organisations who work in her tradition and safeguard democratic values.
Children have the right to good, entertaining, innovative, provocative and complex literature. Astrid Lindgren was prominent in the development of children’s literature as an art form. In works such as Mio, My Son and The Brothers Lionheart and of course via the revolutionary Pippi Longstocking, she stretched the limits of children’s literature. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards artistic activity of the very highest quality.'
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
In “Charles Dickens: Scenes From an Extraordinary Life,” Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom take us through the whole life, and do so very wittily, with a telling use of incidents evidently culled from a wide reading of the biographical literature: all sorts of striking detail, like Dickens leaping up from his writing desk to check the expressions on his own face as he wrote, create a fresh and often funny sense of the man. The major novels are neatly summarized in strip cartoons, the visual style is vivacious, with spoken texts ballooning out of people’s mouths, and there is a strong feeling of a life lived...... anyone of any age who is interested in Dickens would gain something from this book: its verve and wit are infectious. The darker side of Dickens is not dwelt on nor, for this readership, should it be. The subtitle sums it up very well: a wonderful, enduring introduction for young readers.
Simon Callow writing in the New York Times
There was also a nice review in the Washington Post on the 7th February:
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
We meet on the platform at Haworth station. It’s 1976. I say “Micky, keep your Hawkwind posters; in 30 years you’ll sell them on something called eBay.” I earn a blank look but it breaks the ice.
In The Fleece we reminisce about ‘our’ dad; how he revealed the past as a fascinating place by telling great stories about his Sheffield childhood and his time in the RAF. When Micky tells me he might write a book one day and call it Tail-End Charlie I give him a conspiratorial grin.
Micky reminds me how dad is always telling him to get his hair cut. I chew that memory; it tastes better now I have four sons of my own.
I thought dad would live forever back then. But one morning in 1977 he went off to work and I never saw him again . . . Of course I don’t tell myself that. What I do suggest is to consider parents as a library; a treasure trove; a word-hoard of memories and experiences. Their stories need to be coaxed, appreciated, respected, remembered and passed on. Because there will come a day . . . and much sooner than you think.
Then the landlady cuts things short “TIME GENTLEMAN PLEASE!” As I board the Worth Valley express to 2011 Micky asks shyly, “What’s the journey going to be like then?”
I reply, “Very fast, but with stunning views . . .”
That should be the end of this strange meeting, but as the train pulls out of the station, I can’t resist leaning out of the window and shouting “HEY MICKY! GET YOUR HAIR CUT!”