UK Reading

How Do We Get British Boys Level With the Girls?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

what can be done to inspire boys to love writing as much as girls? Of course, it is important to remember that not all boys are the same and not all boys are in danger of underachieving. However here are my tips on how parents and teachers can work together to inspire their boys.

Bloody Scotland

Sara Sheridan | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

Scottish writers are particularly successful in the crime genre. Something approaching a third of all traditionally published fiction in the UK this year falls into the category and it's one where Scots punch above their weight.

Why 'Grown Up' Books Make Great Children's Stories

Ian Stanley | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ian Stanley

"Never underestimate your audience. If you think that eight-year-olds aren't interested in major philosophical and political issues you are completely mistaken. Put in clever plot twists that link books two and book 10 in a complicated fashion. I promise you, the eight-year-olds will notice, and they will write to you saying how much they appreciate it."

Review: Now That You've Died - A Theatrical Production for Read for RNIB Day

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Billed as "a book without words, a story without reading", Now That You've Died is a play performed in total darkness. No lights, no flashes. Nothing. I couldn't even see my hand when I held it in front of my face. Intimidating? Yes. Unnerving? For sure. But that, of course, is the point.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

The Toxic Creed That Unites New Atheists and Televangelists: Don't Bother With the Bible

Ben Whitnall | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

What can televangelists and new atheists have in common? Apart from the hyperbole and the cheap shots and the infuriating sense of certainty, that is... For me, they are also too often united in encouraging an unthinking dismissiveness of the Bible.

You Are What You Read?

Helen Chandler | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

Reading is, and always has been, absolutely integral to my life. Both my parents were librarians, and books were everywhere at home. English was my favourite subject at school - what a doss, you just read a book and then wrote about it - and, inevitably, I ended up going on to read English at university.

UK's Quirkiest Book Festivals

Sara Sheridan | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I love book festivals and I spend at least every second weekend over the season talking about my books in a variety of tents, classrooms, huts, proper theatres, village halls - you name it. There are almost 150 book festivals all over the UK and most of them take place in the summer.

Are We Writing Too Much to Be Reading?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

If I could spend even seven days, in my own home unplugged from my devices, perhaps I could recapture some of that stillness inside which is so needed to create--to read or write.

Write What You Know

Henry Fosdike | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Henry Fosdike

The problem with blogging is that it's so much harder than essay writing. Yes, I know. "But how can it be when you can write anything?" Well, that's exactly the point. There's just so much to write about.

Attack By Twilight

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has incurred the wrath of an army of angry Twilight fans after rubbishing Stephenie Meyer's hit series, saying he'd rather his children r...

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

What Are the Best Books to Get All Boys Reading from Advanced to Dyslexic and Reluctant?

Melanie Kendry | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

A lot of boys struggle with reading. And yes, it usually is boys. They go from class readers and Horrid Henry to Diary of a Wimpy Kid straight onto Call of Duty, never to be seen again. Unlike great literature, shoot-em ups are easy.

A Minute's Silence

Ritzy | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

We're a band that has barely left the touring circuit since our formation, so it's very natural that the seeds of songs find themselves being planted in hotel rooms, bus lounges and the backstages of venues across the globe.

Michael Rundle

Explore A City, Read A Book - And Reinvent The Interactive Novel? | Michael Rundle | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Tech

A unique new art project is aiming to combine physical reading, real-world exploration and digital books. 'These Pages Fall Like Ash' is described ...

Interview: Best-selling YA author Maggie Stiefvater

Ben Falk | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Falk

U.S. author Maggie Stiefvater has sold over two million books worldwide, with hits including the Shiver series, The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys - YA stories with a fantasy twist.

Diversity and Adaptability Are Vital in Helping Children Who Are Struggling With Reading

Sue Porto | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Porto

The pleasures and benefits of reading are still denied to many children - in 2012, one in eight left primary school unable to read to the required standard. Beanstalk trains volunteers to give one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with their reading, using the delights of storytelling to enthuse and enrich them.

Hollywood's Not in the Mood for Sex and I Blame the Pirates

Richard Taylor | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Taylor

It was reported by The Telegraph recently that 'sex has been all but eradicated from Hollywood scripts over the past 18 months'. Apparently sex scenes are being shunned in favour of dazzling special effects and tellingly, only two films containing sex and nudity made the box office top ten in the UK last year. So what is the reason for Hollywood's languishing libido?

Book Review: Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Claire Chambers | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

Read this book not to become filthy rich, nor to learn about an apparently rising Asia, but to admire the chutzpah of a gifted writer having fun with history.

Jessie J To Headline Summer Show

PA | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Jessie J has unveiled her first live date of the summer, months after disappointing fans by postponing her sell-out tour. 'The Voice' star had been...

Book Review - Gone Girl

Annie McMonagle | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie McMonagle

In a nutshell, this is a book that resonates as it asks the unknowable question - how well can one person really know another? *Suspiciously looks over at boyfriend*

Food for Thought

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Deborah C Dooley

We sat in the kitchen for our writerly discussion. He held a sheaf of A4 paper, covered in typescript while I was armed with my favourite pen and my kitchen reading glasses. I slid them onto my nose, squinting around the scratches and food smudges. Two mugs of tea and a plate of just baked flapjacks sat on the table between us.

Have Biffy Clyro Earned Their Title as Reading and Leeds Headliners at This Year's Festival?

Paige Hiley | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

It seems that Biffy Clyro's efforts have pulled off with this album. After being announced as the second headliner for the well-known rock based Reading and Leeds festivals the band set to present their new material live on the August bank holiday weekend, when the festival will take place.

Unseen Prose

Caragh Little | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

It was something I saw on Facebook. A local library somewhere was promoting reading with something new, urging readers to risk a Blind Date With A Book.

Ten of the Best Toddler Reads for World Book Day

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Armstrong

There is, I hear, a thing called 'extreme reading'. From what I can tell, this involves being photographed wielding a book in an odd - preferably unco...