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The Novels That Shaped Our World

January 31st, 2020

The BBC has asked a selection of people to choose 100 English language novels that have had an impact on them. They say:

“Stories have the power to change us. We asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to choose 100 genre-busting novels that have had an impact on their lives, and this is the result. These English language novels, written over the last 300 years, range from children’s classics to popular page turners. Organised into themes, they reflect the ways books help shape and influence our thinking.”

You can see the list here. I find some of the choices rather odd, but reading preferences are a very personal thing and I’m sure no two people would agree completely. Last year, the Sunday Times printed a list (many of which I had already read) and I am still working my way through the stragglers. It’s been great as it’s introduced me to some wonderful writers that I might otherwise have overlooked. But there are still the odd one or two that I have downloaded to my library app and then deleted after only a few chapters.

If you like writing poetry for children, you might want to consider the 2020 Caterpillar Poetry Prize.  They’re looking for a single unpublished poem for 7 to 11 year-olds on any subject and of any length. You must be over 16 to enter and the closing date is 31st March. The prize is 1000 euros and the entry fee is 14 euros. The judge is none other than Roger McGough! Full details of how to enter and and the competition rules are on their site.

One of our students, Delfina Barschdorf, is starting an e-magazine and is currently looking for contributors. It will be called ‘Incentive’ and she plans to launch in March. The subjects and genres to be included are very wide-ranging and full details plus submission guidelines can be obtained by emailing editorialteamincentive@gmail.com.

My guest next week will be Jim Goodman whose story Family Meal was placed in our recent Flash Fiction Competition. He’ll be explaining why he thinks learning to write short fiction of this kind can be a useful skill to practise for any writer.

Author: Diana Nadin

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