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.

Bob: No Ordinary cat

Talk about a stroke of luck! Bob: No Ordinary Cat

Children's version of homeless memoir released by popular demand

Again, again! That is the best way to learn to read

Familiar books help children retain new words, study says

Charlize Theron sports a new cropped hairdo at the Oscars

Charlize Theron on 'freeing' new cropped hairstyle

At the Oscars last night Charlize Theron said that shaving her head was the “most freeing thing” she’s ever done.

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As Quentin Blake receives his knighthood from the Queen today, we look back at some of his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations.

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One of the writers behind cult comedy Beavis and Butt-Head has been shortlisted for a prestigious children's book prize.

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Frank Lampard signs new deal... but calm down Chelsea fans

England midfielder has agreed a deal with a publisher to write children's books

Television choices: Grief stricken designer seeks answers of a reflective kind

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Danielle Steel is very popular in British libraries

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The American author holds the same place in the 'most-borrowed' list this year as she did in 1983 when the Public Lending Right chart started

The names change but Roald Dahl's undead stories endure

A few decades ago many teachers thought him not a 'classic' but a pest

Roald Dahl, who died in 1990, was well-known for his titles The Witches, The Twits, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The author has failed to make it onto a top 10 of children's favourite books

The tale of the unexpected decline of Roald Dahl

His dark humour and wacky characters enchanted generations, so why are modern children now leaving Charlie, Matilda and Mr Fox on the shelf?

Falklands veteran Simon Weston welcomes CRB verdict

Falklands veteran Simon Weston, who had to pull out of a police commissioner election because he had broken the law at 14, has welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling on criminal record checks.

Opera Holland Park, London.

Michael Volpe: ‘I want us to put on an opera – and in we plunge’

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