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Podcast: The Earth Is Singing and YA War Novels

It’s the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition, and this month Kate talks to Vanessa Curtis about her new novel The Earth Is Singing, telling the story of the Jews of Riga during World War Two. (more…)

What I’ll be reading before #LightsOut – Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm tonight, 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. The inspiration for LIGHTS OUT comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”. Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4 August 1914 ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. When the lights go out, and the candles are lit, I’ll be picking up my copy of Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyle.