David Foster Wallace: 5 facts about the celebrated American novelist and his most famous book, Infinite Jest

This week marks the 20th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s critically-lauded 1996 novel Infinite Jest, a satirical exploration into hyper-consumerism and addiction in near-future dystopian North America. It was a follow-up to his highly-praised debut The Broom of the System.

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TECbook: A Better Breed of Book

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927779.752We are often reminded that we live in a digital age. A free app on a smartphone can direct us to the best restaurants, dating websites to meet potential life partners, on-demand streaming services give us instant access to an entire television series at the click of a button – even one-touch coffee machines make better flat whites than a high-street barista. But whilst it’s hard to imagine a world without these comforts, they  come to reveal just how binary we now are with the internet.

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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Lewis Carroll’s classic

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an enduring classic which has captivated both young and old audiences for several decades. In fact, this November marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved fiction; so to celebrate this notable occasion, we present 5 things you probably didn’t know about both the book and its author:

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Top 5 Classic Horror Films You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Based on Books!

Many classic and well-known films have originated from books. Goodfellas, for one, is based on Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi, a non-fiction account of the life of real-world mobster Henry Hill. Even Die Hard – arguably one of the most “Hollywood” films to ever grace the silver screen – was largely birthed from Roderick Thorp’s thriller Nothing Lasts Forever. more “Top 5 Classic Horror Films You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Based on Books!”

Thoughts on… An Appreciation of Children’s Literature panel

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

bath_festThis Bath Children’s Literature Festival talk was all about how brilliant children’s writing is. For those of you who didn’t know that, it’s a fact. Editor Danny Hahn hosted and was joined by authors David Almond (the man who has won pretty much everything), Sally Gardner and Pushkin Press publisher Adam Freudenheim.

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Introducing TECbook: Our approach to creating an eBook platform for education

by Ian Grainger
by Ian Grainger

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Our primary intention when designing TECbook was for it to be easy to use for both teaching and learning. For us, ease-of-use is crucial. If you present someone with a complex product that has far too many features and options, it can be quite daunting. We wanted to make sure getting a student started didn’t require an I.T. department to intervene, or students to pre-register in any way. more “Introducing TECbook: Our approach to creating an eBook platform for education”

Thoughts on… The Writers’ Creative Journey panel

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this panel at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2015: a discussion with three writers who have all come out of the Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People course. I worried it was just going to be a plug for the course. It was, but only because the three authors were so inspiring that if they’d had a sign up sheet outside I think everyone would have run out shouting “shut up and take my money!” In the end, though, this talk on writers’ creative journey was very good.

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