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.

How We Met: Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

'Sometimes he'll say things like, "I don't want to draw any more trees!"'

Page 3 Profile: Julia Donaldson, author and children's laureate

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Reading aloud in class 'does children no good'

Children should be taught to read by acting out plays to make the process enjoyable, the Children's Laureate has suggested.

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Face the future: If partying has taken its toll, give your skin a fresh star

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Full house: Robert Lepage’s Playing Cards 1: Spades

IoS theatre preview of 2013: A cocktail of fine writing and star casts

New plays and classics, in favourite and new venues, are designed to shake up audiences

Dyslexic children's author Sally Gardner up against Hilary Mantel for Costa Book Award

The authors are among five category winners who are now nominated for the overall Costa Book of the Year prize

The Mouse and His Child

Holiday treats for kids at the theatre

Holly Williams gives a run down of this year's top Children's shows

Michael Morpurgo: 'There is a constant clamour for our attention now that is damaging us'

I feel like all the buses in my life came at once The War Horse show, the film, my new book [A Medal for Leroy]. The play has become a living thing. It goes on every night, five casts, all over the world. In fact, someone told me that, at any hour of the day or night, a War Horse production is going on somewhere. It's extraordinary what those puppeteers do [with the horse].

Page 3 Profile: Hans Christian Andersen, writer

Experts have found an undiscovered work?

Raymond Briggs: The Snowman is not really about Christmas, it's about death

The beloved children's book, and subsequent animation, has been hijacked by festive sentimentality according to its author

Engaging: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the first film of the Hobbit trilogy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Reviews round-up

It's nine years since the finale of the Lord of the Rings saga, The Return of the King, premiered in 2003, but now Tolkeinites are a-quiver again as they await the first instalment in a new Hobbit trilogy, which hits cinemas Thursday. Can it recapture that old magic? Well, critics are split, but there's a lot of admiration out there for Peter Jackson's epic vision.

IoS Books of the Year: Children's books age 8-12

This year's best children's fiction is high on adventure, full of colour and imagination, and imbued with a touch of magic

Heads Up: No Quarter

Estate of the nation – Stenham goes back to the drawing-room

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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