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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.

Newly appointed Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman

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'As a teenager I read all these books but never read one that featured a black child like me,' the bestselling author says

Jemima Layzell, the 13-year-old schoolgirl who died from a brain aneurism, and whose parents have published her private diaries

Parents of girl who died of brain aneurism aged 13 publish her private diaries

The parents of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who died from a brain aneurism have published her private diaries.

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"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.

Invisible Ink: No 174 - Jennifer Dawson

Call it the Marcel Proust Syndrome; there are plenty of writers who managed to carve out brilliant careers despite suffering poor health. In particular, mental problems crop up so frequently that they sometimes seem almost a prerequisite for producing literature. Jennifer Dawson was a Londoner, born into a family of Fabian socialists in 1929, whose illness first made itself apparent during her time at Oxford, where she was reading modern English. The privilege and patriarchy of her college surroundings triggered a profound sense of alienation and loneliness, causing a breakdown that saw her placed in a hospital.

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First edition of Harry Potter with annotations by JK Rowling fetches wizard £150,000 price

A first edition of the first in the Harry Potter series containing hand drawings and annotations by author JK Rowling has sold at auction for £150,000.

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Five-year-old Kentucky boy shoots dead sister, 2, with 'my first rifle' he was given as a gift

A boy of five has shot dead his two-year-old sister in the US with a rifle he was given as a present.

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