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Subconscious Serendipity – Making Connections

I’ve recently finished reading Katy Hessel’s fascinating new book The Story of Art without Men. There have been other books exploring the absence of women in written histories of art and she refers to some of them, particularly the work of Linda Nochlin. I can remember my own gradual realisation of the hidden herstory of women…

The 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Awards shortlists – some personal reflections

The winners of the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Awards will be announced on Monday 21st March at the IBBY press conference at the Bologna children’s book fair. The full list of nominees can be found here https://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/awards/hans-christian-andersen-award/hans-christian-andersen-awards-2022 and there is information about all of them in the vol 59, no. 4 issue of Bookbird, a fascinating survey of…

Fascination with Frankenstein

A recent piece in the New York Times caused a flurry on Twitter because it included the sentence ‘With Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback, he invented the genre of science fiction’. The ‘he’ in question was H.G. Wells and the piece was a review of a new biography The Young H.G. Wells. Changing the…

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