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Half term

DiscoverI hope you have all had a good half term.  If any of you are London based and have a free weekend you may want to check out Olive Jeffers (How to Catch a Star, Harper Collins, 2010) talking about the way he works and then on Sunday inviting other illustrators to a sketch off!  All this takes place at the South Bank Centre in either Queen Elizabeth Hall or Royal Festival Hall.  Details on the website.

HPBN LogoBloomsbury Children’s Books to launch Harry Potter Book Night - February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night. This exciting event will give new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.  
Bloomsbury Children’s Books is inviting schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups to host early-evening events in celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. Bloomsbury is creating a complete Harry Potter Book Night Kit - available for free download - offering hosts everything they need to plan an unforgettable evening. The kit will include invitation templates, an event poster, games, activities and quizzes as well as ideas for dressing up and decorating the venue. The kit will be available from the new website harrypotterbooknight.com. Event hosts can register now at the site to receive the kit and updates in the run up to the big night.

In addition to the community events outlined above, there will be public events in London and key regions, a major competition for UK and Irish schools and many further treats and surprises – all celebrating J.K. Rowling’s seven iconic Harry Potter books – to be revealed soon.

Also - early notice for next year - a morning with Westminster Education Forum on Encouraging and supporting reading - next steps, policy options and school library provision in England.  To be held in Central London (venue tbc) on Wednesday 11th February.  Guests of Honour include: Lord Tope, Chair, Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group and Matt Walker, Lead, National Phonics Screening Check Evaluation, Department for Education and Research Manager, NFER

Bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders, this seminar will focus on policies and practice designed to improve standards of literacy and encourage young people to read for pleasure. Details on our Events Calendar.

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