Longlist Announced For Desmond Elliott Award

Nathan Filer’s novel amongst the long list for the Desmond Elliott Prize

Nathan FilerThe Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer is amongst the ten authors who made the long list for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize. This award celebrates first time British and Irish authors.

Nathan was also the recipient of the Costa Book of the Year Award in January. Other authors who made the list include Kate Clanchy, Donal Ryan and Eimear McBride for her novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing which took nine years to publish after being rejected several times.

The shortlist will be announced on 26th May and the overall winner will be announced on 3rd July and will win £10,000. Good luck to all the nominated authors.

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Romantic Novel of The Year.

Awards ceremony taking place in London this evening.

rna-logo-febThe Romantic Novelists’ Association will be announcing the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year later on this evening. As well as this award, they will also be revealing the winners of contemporary romantic novel, the epic romantic novel, the historical romantic novel, the romantic comedy novel and the young adult romance novel, as well as the recipient of the RoNA Rose award at a glittering ceremony at The Gladstone Library in London.

Darcey Bussell CBE will be presenting the awards and once she’s revealed all of the category winners, she will announce the winner of Romantic Novel of The Year. The winner of this will receive a crystal trophy and £5000.

President, Katie Fforde said, “the RNA came into being to encourage good writing of romantic fiction in all of its many forms. This year we’ve seen a record number of books submitted for our Awards, and this clearly demonstrates that romantic fiction plays a big part in the UK book industry. Continue reading

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CLIC Sargent’s Get in Character Campaign

New-CLIC-Sargent-Logo-100mmHave you ever wanted your name immortalised in a book?

An amazing selection of authors have joined CLIC Sargent for the ‘Get in Character’ campaign. It’s a chance for you or a loved one to have your name used for a character in a book.

It’s a unique 10-day Ebay auction and the aim is to raise £10,000 to help provide clinical, practical and emotional support to children and young people who are fighting cancer as well as support for their families.

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International Book Giving Day – 14th February.

IBGDToday is International Book Giving Day.  

International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible, to share the love of books & the generosity of giving … all on a day synonymous with love. It’s run on a purely voluntary basis by a team of dedicated children’s book enthusiasts from around the world,  highlighting the importance of books for children.

It was built and created by Amy Broadmoore, founder of the American children’s book website, Delightful Children’s Books, in 2012. Inspired by her son’s desire to ‘invent a holiday when people gave books to each other’, the determination to link that with Valentine’s Day was born just 10 days before the day itself!

‘People not only give books to kids in their communities, they also share stories and photos via Twitter, Facebook and International Book Giving Day’s website. Connecting with others who are giving books to kids, is part of what makes this an inspiring holiday,’ says Amy.

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