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Jose Emilio Pacheco was considered one of the finest writers in the Spanish language, winning the Cervantes Prize for Literature in 2009, the highest award for writers in what is the native language of more than 300 million people. The award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture was presented at the University of Alcala by Spain's King Juan Carlos. In his later years Pacheco became visiting Professor of Literature at the University of Essex.

The Lives of the Muses By Francine Prose. Union Books, £10.99

Muses have never had it easy. Stuck between the human and the transcedent for the (usually) male artists they inspire, and the object of intense envy, they cannot be too domestic nor put their own artistic ambitions first (Yoko Ono struggled with this while with John Lennon).

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Move over, Ratty. Sylvan's here: An Oxford academic's new children's book could rival 'The Wind in the Willows'

The adventures of Ratty and Fiver have been entertaining children for decades, but the animal stars of stories such as The Wind in the Willows and Watership Down could soon have a new addition to their ranks, straight from the imagination of a postdoctoral researcher.

Invisible Ink: No 187 - Edward Lear

“Throw us a bone,” begged a friend, “write about someone we’ve heard of.” “Edward Lear,” I suggested. “Oh, the artist,” came the reply.

Cash incentives for able students? That's the wrong way to go about higher education

Eleanor Doughty is dismayed at the news that some universities and colleges are offering rewards like fee reductions or laptops to students with good grades

Review: Familiar, By J Robert Lennon

Mirror, signal, parallel park in another life

Google Doodle pays tribute to work of children's author Edith Nesbit

Google Doodle has celebrated the work of children's author Edith Nesbit, who was born 155 years ago, with an illustration of The Railway Children - her most famous work.

Actress Famke Janssen poses for photographs to promote the film Bringing Up Bobby at the Cannes film festival in May.

Police investigate burglary at X-Men actress Famke Janssen's home

The New York Police Department is investigating a burglary at actress Famke Janssen's penthouse.

DVD: Blancanieves

Forget last year's two live-action film versions of Snow White.

The Blagger's Guide To: Books to remind you of summer

Turn back the page to those lazy, hazy days of childhood

Summer holidays have gone on so long I've run out of stuff to do...

Columnist Eleanor Doughty discusses the aimlessness of the summer vacs

Paperback review: Ethan's Voice, By Rachel Carter

This unusual and thoroughly engaging children's novel tells the story of a boy who stopped speaking when he was six, though he can't remember why.

One family of four can see War Horse for free this summer

WIN: Family tickets to top West End shows with 'Kids Week 2013'

Summertime. And the living is … well, not so easy if you've got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, the West End of London has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up to town more affordable. Kids Week has an exciting line-up of shows offering free tickets and activities throughout August.

'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' - full company

Theatre review: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Bristol Old Vic

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Video: Tuppence Middleton

Watch the videos below to see actress Tuppence Middleton in her latest role, in ‘Trap for Cinderella’ and in the BBC's ‘The Lady Vanishes’

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