Almost Weekly News No. 34 – 05/03/2021
World Book Day is a always a good reason to get out some of our favourite books… Members have been sharing some of their favourite stories and some of their favourite authors with us.
Big shout out to Jo…
Many of you will have seen the campaign by BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley to get adults who are on the learning disability register prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine.
Jo started the campaign when she was offered the vaccine before her sister Frances – who has a leaning disability.
The government has now agreed that those who are on the learning disability register can receive their vaccination sooner than originally planned.
World Book Day
We asked our Chief Officer, Nigel, about his favourite books.
He told us that he had enjoyed reading Nick Butterworth to his children.
One of his favourites was Albert Le Blanc – a story about a bear who arrives in a toyshop. The other toys think he’s sad because he has a very sad face and they try to cheer him up…
Our favourite authors…
Quentin Blake by Rachael
Quentin Blake was born on 16th December 1932 in Sidcup.
Some of his most popular books which he wrote and illustrated are Mister Magnolia, Mrs Armitage on Wheels, All Join in and Patrick.
He is well-known for collaborating with Roald Dahl for a very long time. He has worked on his many books for as long as I can remember now and they are up there with the greats and perfect authors.
He has illustrated Danny Champion of The World, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Quentin Blake has written tons and tons of children’s books and I love them for what they are. These books are always in the libraries as well.
Jane Austen by Chloe
Jane Austen was born on 16th December 1775.
She is a famous novelist and has written seven books: Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Love and Friendship, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park.
She went to boarding school where she was trained in needlework, dancing and French.
She wrote her first book, Love and Friendship when she was 14 years old.
She had six brothers and one sister, Cassandra.
She died on 18th July 1817, aged 41 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.
I really love her books to read, all about women in power. She never married but the characters in her novels got married.
Beatrix Potter by Steph
Beatrix Potter was born on 28th July 1866 in West Brompton, London.
She died on 22nd December 1943, aged 77.
She wrote and illustrated children’s books. She was into sheep farming, drawing and painting.
Some of her best-known books are The Tale of Pater Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, The Tailor of Gloucester and The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
She went to live in Cumbria. I used to have all her books when I was six or seven.
Thanks to Writers’ Club for sharing these with us…