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It's worth remembering that fairy tales were not originally thought of as children's stories.

Sarah Sands: The first wonder of my universe is Brian Cox

The most bea-yootiful star on television is Brian Cox, who is winning every award going and every parental heart. He is a wonder of the television universe: for years, the medium has been run by highly educated people infatuated by popular culture. Cox is the reverse, a pop star who reveres education.

Read-in turns into night of protest

Protesters occupied a library overnight after a national day of action over threatened closures. A group of about 40 people from the Save New Cross Library Campaign opted to continue their earlier "read-in" until noon yesterday.

Overnight protest held at library

Protesters occupied a library overnight after a national day of action over threatened closures.

Goodnight Mister Tom: Escape to the country

On the 30th anniversary of its publication, the popular wartime tale Goodnight Mister Tom is to hit the stage. Arifa Akbar celebrates the rebirth of a children's classic

Skins, E4, Thursday<br/>Laura Hall: My Battle with Booze, BBC3, Monday

The British show whose American version was described as 'legal kiddie porn', makes a muted return &ndash; and film star Dakota Blue Richards doesn't help

Chalk Talk: Musicians - now it's your turn to make a stand against the cuts

The message to emerge from the Department for Education over the Christmas break appears to be one that resistance to the scale of public spending cuts may not be futile after all.

Government U-turn over book scheme cuts

The Government said today it will continue funding a scheme providing free books for children to encourage a love of reading following a furious backlash from authors over plans to scrap state support.

Books of the Year: Teenagers

Harsh reality is balanced by a slew of fantasy tales

Harry Potter and the death of an industry

The wizard has cast a spell on British film. But he vanishes soon

'Writing really can change lives'

A project that brings authors into inner-city schools, inspired by the novelist Dave Eggers, is empowering young people &ndash; and writers themselves &ndash; in ways they never expected.

Northern Lights: A magnetic attraction in the night sky

It's a natural light show that has long dazzled travellers &ndash; and the heavens will be at their most colourful just now. But where are the best places to enjoy the Northern Lights? Harriet O'Brien reveals all

My life in travel: Ade Adepitan

'I thought Thailand's islands were beautiful'

Steven Berkoff: Rise of an 'up and coming nobody'

Steven Berkoff may be among the most acclaimed playwrights and actors of his generation but he revealed he would much rather have been a tailor, like his father, given a choice between the two.

Leading article: An autumn feast

There was a Woodstock before Woodstock, and there is a Woodstock after Woodstock, and this is where the Independent Literary Festival opens this evening, with the renowned scientist and atheist, Richard Dawkins, discussing his take on Darwin's theory of evolution in the splendid surroundings of Blenheim Palace. During the past 20 years, festivals of all kinds have become jewels studding some of the most picturesque corners of the UK, tapping into a growing public appetite for a closer acquaintance with the arts, especially with books and those who write them.

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