Writing 24/7

Hmm. I wonder if I dare mention this here and now? It (allegedly) won’t go live until 2.47 this afternoon (and that’s 14.47 to sensible people with a 24 hour clock), so there is no way for me to check that the website is actually there at all, until then.

But it’s World Book Day, even if we are the only ones in the world celebrating today, so it belongs on today’s blog. Bloomsbury have a new writing ‘thing’ for young writers aged between eight and sixteen. Each month they can write a story no longer than 247 words on a certain topic, which will appear on the site, with a sample story written by a professional. Elen Caldecott is the first one out. Today, I hope.

Short is difficult. Much harder than long, where you just waffle to your heart’s content. I’m hoping they get lots of good little stories. It’s a shame I’m just a wee bit on the old side.

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9 responses to “Writing 24/7

  1. Just checked. It IS there And the story Elen wrote is GOOD. Fun.

  2. How confusing the world can be. According to the Danish libraries, the world book day is April 23rd.
    – one would assume we lived in the same old world, but apparently not. So in order not to confuse any of my poor readers, I decided against writing about the day.

  3. I think the whole world have that day, Dorte, except us. It’s the day both Shakespeare and Cervantes died. And in England it’s St George’s day.

  4. Hi BookWitch,
    I visited Brighton and Hove High School as their visiting author for World Book Day and was asked to address Assembly about the origins of the day. I discovered that it all began about 80 years ago in Catalonia, Spain, as a celebration of St. George’s Day (not just our Saint then, or maybe there are two!). Women would be given roses and men, books in return. The festival, which later developed as a celebration of Cervantes’ life, became widespread throughout Spain, with gifts of roses and books given to all loved ones. Unesco adopted the festival, developing it as World Book Day. It now takes place on April 23rd in over 100 countries. We joined in 11 years ago and for the UK and Ireland, our day is March 5th so that it falls within term time. The United Nations reported in 2007 that there are 800 million adults worldwide who can’t read, so there has never been a greater imperative to improve access to books and reading. School librarians and English Departments, in conjunction with publishers, booksellers and related charities, do their best to celebrate World Book Day here, distributing book vouchers to children and arranging author visits where possible. It’s a fantastic initiative. Long may it continue.

  5. The idea is great. I think I’d heard the idea about term time before. It is very rare that the 23rd April is in the holidays, and if it is, you could move the UK WBD by a day or two, just to be more part of what the rest of the world does. It’s just so much nicer to feel part of a really big celebration, rather than doing it alone.

  6. In Australia World Book Day is pretty much a non-event. We just don’t do it. Not that we don’t reading, mind.
    It’s just that the focus is in late August during Book Week, which kicks off with the winners of the Children’s Book Council of Australia award announcements. Often followed by newspaper articles decrying the choices. It’s a tradition.

  7. I never have skip because I get scared tha they catch me or they snich on me.because I can get S.R.C. or suspension or detention .

  8. Galilea Torres

    No because that’s bad you can get src

  9. If I had a choice in my life that my mom can not take away from me is my education from going to college.my mom is real serios about me going to college just because I am a Mexican.So that’s what I want to do that nobody can stop mr from doing it.

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