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Post-Referendum Reading – Vigilante

I haven’t been reading much lately, or it’s been taking me much longer to get through books than usual. There are all sorts of reasons for this, to do with family life, too much time on social media or playing … Continue reading

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Claude in the City: A Rollerskating, Beret-Wearing Accidental Hero

Claude in the City, written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children’s, 2011), was one of fils cadet‘s birthday presents. It took quite a while to get round to reading it, but fortunately, now he loves it. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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And the 2015 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation Goes to…

The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation 2015 was presented yesterday evening at the English Speaking Union in London. It was particularly exciting for me to be invited to the presentation because this time round I knew two people … Continue reading

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Twerking Lizards, Wizards and Creative Writing: Translators in Schools 2

Back in the summer I wrote about the Translators in Schools training I’ve been doing, so after that it was a case of going off to work out my own workshop with a mentor and another translator, and then just … Continue reading

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Hermelin the Detective Mouse

Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape, 2014) was one of fils cadet‘s birthday present books. Initially greeted with excitement it was then cast aside because he decided it didn’t sound good. But after a little chat about … Continue reading

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The Past Is a Foreign Country, or Musings on Paddington Bear

We’ve been working through quite a few of Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear stories with fils aîné recently and I’m frequently amazed by how dated they are, in the most literal sense. I don’t mean that they don’t stand the test … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Around the World with Mouk

A guest post by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, originally posted on Babel Babies: Last year some friends came to stay and we were very impressed with 7-year-old Alethea’s bedtime book, Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant and translated by … Continue reading

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