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London, Thursday 15th September 2011 . . . Beatrix Potter’s publisher Frederick Warne today announces that they will be publishing a brand new Peter Rabbit story by Emma Thompson in September 2012.
The book, titled The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, will be the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories. It is the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to the series which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930.
Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, has a talent for creating engaging narratives with a dry humour similar to Potter’s own and is the perfect choice of author for this new Peter Rabbit tale which will be published 110 years after the original.
Emma said, 'I've always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in-between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don't let him or his extraordinary creator down.'
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Children’s Books said, 'It is fitting that in a year that celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit we move this beloved character forwards and provide him with a brand new adventure. Children the world over have grown up enjoying these stories and now they can look forward to this exciting new addition to their collection. Emma’s writing is both fresh and original yet pays homage to Potter’s own unique style.'
In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor’s garden, all the way to Scotland, where he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative. Emma was inspired to set the tale in Scotland by her knowledge of Beatrix’s childhood holidays there.
The Old School by PM Newton, has been awarded joint winner of the 2011 Asher Literary Award, for a woman writer whose work carries an anti-war theme.
PM Newton shares the award with Roberta Lowing for her poetry collection Ruin published by Interactive Publications.
Further information about the award is available at the University of Melbourne's Australia Centre website.
The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin has won the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The awards were announced at MWF on Wednesday 31 August.
The Crime Writers Association of Australia was set up in the mid 1990s to promote and encourage Australian crime writing through the establishment of the Ned Kelly Awards.
Books useful for therapists
Young Readers/Picture Book
It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The imaginary lion assists William to understand how difficult he can be to get to sleep.
Love From Grandma by Jane Tanner
A lovely story about the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, and how connections can be fostered across distances.
Young People’s History Prize
Our Australian Girl: Meet Rose by Sherryl Clark
Scout by Nicole Pluss
The Australian Booksellers Association has announced a new initiative, National Bookshop Day, to celebrate 'bookshops, their contributions to the local community and to Australian literature, culture and society'. The first National Bookshop Day is being held on Saturday, 20 August; for more information refer to the ABA website.
Older Readers Book of the Year 2011
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod
Younger Readers Book of the Year 2011
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
Picture Book of the Year 2011
My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle
Eve Pownall Book of the Year 2011
The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle
The Old School by P. M. Newton
For more information please vist the website australian-centre.unimelb.edu.au/prizes-awards
Penguin Australia announces new Licensing Division
Melbourne, Australia - 1 August 2011: Penguin Group (Australia) has announced a new licensing division, within its Brands & Licensing team who will work with Penguin’s award-winning authors, illustrators and brands to develop merchandise programs.
The team will be responsible for developing strategic and commercial third-party merchandise programmes that enhance the presence of key local and international properties and extend the reading experience.
General Manager, Brands & Licensing Troy Lewis said it was an exciting initiative for Penguin Australia.
'We’re looking forward to working with Penguin’s bestselling authors and illustrators, local and international licensees and retail partners to establish a focused licensing programme for each property and within the established scope of each brand. Our global reach uniquely positions us to leverage international opportunities, resources and brands, which makes this an exciting opportunity.'
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