24th September 2004 at 01:00
Posy Simmonds, Michael Rosen, Kevin-Crossley Holland and Quentin Blake are among the writers and illustrators taking part in the Children's Bookshow, touring Festivals and schools throughout England, October 6-12. Organised by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (tel: 020 7401 33823) and Booktrust (tel: 020 8516 2977), it begins during Children's Book Week, October 6-12, and celebrates National Poetry Day on October 9 (poet-in-residence Roger McGough). Resources are available at Festivals hosting the bookshow include the Royal Festival Hall's Imagine festival of children's literature and the special Book It! children's weekends at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. An accompanying guide, Simply the Best Books for Children, is available for parents of children aged up to 11.

"Writing poetry: manuscript verse, 250BC to 2000AD", a free Cambridge University Library exhibition, runs until December 18. Exhibits include Caedmon's Hymn, from the Moore Bede manuscript of 737, and Rudyard Kipling's If, with his own amendments.

Tel: 01223 333000


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