News Cacheco reads one of his poems in Mexico City; his birthplace formed the backdrop to his writing

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.

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The Man with the 10 Stone Testicles

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The launch of the new family West End production Charlie And The Chocolate Factory falls short of real magic, according to mixed opening night reviews.

Douglas Hodge poses as Willie Wonka for the new West End Production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Will it be a Golden Ticket? Sam Mendes' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens tonight

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes will treat audiences to a musical feast when his new stage version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory opens in the West End tonight.

Julia Donaldson, creator of ‘The Gruffalo’, is backing the campaign

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Top-selling authors including The Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson, Joanne Harris and Kate Morton are planning on altering their websites to link to independent bookshops following complaints that they only promote Amazon and chain retailers.

It's fiction, not fact, that brings history to life

Read for My School aims to create a sense of excitement about reading

The Hangover star Ed Helms is in talks to co-star in Stretch

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Google Doodle: Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday commemorated with 'Where The Wild Things Are' animation

Much-loved illustrator and author, who died last year, honoured with Doodle

Malorie Blackman is the new Children’s Laureate

On your bikes, royalist modernisers

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Dressing table: Father's Day gifts

Further than their favourite fragrance, many men don't take much interest in lotions and potions. So Father's Day is the perfect opportunity to treat them to smellies of the 'fancy' variety.

Get Reading Festival: Rupert Everett and West End stars help get kids involved

A free literary festival for children run by the London Evening Standard and Nook, will take place in London's Trafalgar Square on 13 July.

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Gary Barlow, X Factor judge and Take That member, is co-writing a new musical based on Finding Neverland

Take That's Gary Barlow to co-pen Peter Pan musical

Take That star Gary Barlow is heading to the West End to co-write a new musical based on the Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland.

Jack Vance: Celebrated author of fantasy and science fiction

Jack Vance was an author of science fiction and fantasy novels who wrote more than 60 books and many short stories during his long career. Vance viewed his task as a writer to be invisible to the reader, as he explained in his autobiography, "…the mark of good writing, in my opinion, is that the reader is not aware that the story has been written; as he reads, the ideas and images flow into his mind as if he were living them. The utmost accolade a writer can receive is that the reader is incognisant of his presence."

The West End stage version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which opens later this month and has been directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes, and stars Douglas Hodge as factory boss Willy Wonka

First glimpse of Sam Mendes' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Creators of the new West End stage version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory have given their first glimpse of the production.

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