A curator at the Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits displays the miniature manuscript dated 1830 written by Charlotte Bronte, in Paris

Tiny Book Power

Just over 3 years ago – blimey, that went fast! – I posted this fabulous video about the Bronte Sisters Power Dolls.  (I still want them, by the way, if anybody was wondering!) Yay!  Including tiny books with Boomerang Book Action!! And then I discovered they were true!  The tiny books, I mean.  As children,…

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On Monday last…

[Today's post is by Deirdre Sullivan, but her computer is pretending not to work, so I'm posting it for her instead. Jo] On Monday last, my pet died. His name was William Butler Yeats the guinea pig and he was seven years of age. His teeth got too big for his mouth, and the vet…

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The secret other me

Five years ago, almost to the day, my first book – Threads – appeared on the shelves of its very first bookshop and I was THE MOST EXCITED WRITER IN THE WORLD. Threads was about three teenage girls in London who befriend an immigrant girl from Uganda, who turns out to be a genius fashion…

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How To Be Inspired By Something Without Copying It

So, you know that thing where you really, really, really love a book or a film or a TV series? Like, really love it, in a know-bits-of-it-off-by-heart, read-your-favourite-scenes-over-and-over-again, write-stories-where-you-and-the-main-character-are-getting-married-in-your-head sort of way? Yeah. Me too. And then, you know how you go and try and write your own stories? And how, somehow, without you exactly…

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The Big Idea writing competition!

Here at GHB we know loads of you are keen writers, so here’s a really cool competition that we’ve heard about. Good luck if you decide to enter! GREAT NEW IDEAS FOR CHILDREN’S STORIES GET THE CHANCE TO BE TOLD! Open to everyone aged 13 upwards! Britain has created some of the greatest children’s stories…

Divergent winners!

Wow – LOADS of you entered our Divergent DVD/Insurgent book giveaway! We used our random number generator to pick our two lucky winners – congratulations to Claire Blaney and Catherine Plant; your goodies should be on their way to you very soon!