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Authors Pay Tribute To Late Louise Rennison


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Rennison's publishers at HarperCollins confirmed the 64 year old's death on Twitter.com on Monday (29Feb16). Her cause of death had not been released as WENN went to press.

Rennison was best known for her teen book series Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. The first two novels Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers were adapted into the 2008 comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

His Dark Materials author Pullman took to Twitter to mourn her death, writing, "I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Louise Rennison, far too young," while The Fault in Our Stars writer Green added, "Very sad to hear that the great YA (young adult) writer Louise Rennison has died."

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Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy To Become BBC One Drama


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Phillip Pullman’s best-selling His Dark Materials trilogy is set to be made into a BBC One drama. The series, which consists of three novels, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass has already found success with adaptations for stage, radio and cinema, but this is the first time they will hit the small screen.

Phillip PullmanA series based on the His Dark Materials trilogy is coming to BBC.

The author has already expressed his happiness that the series has been picked up by the Beeb telling BBC News: "It's been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms."

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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy Heading To Tv


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The first novel in the trilogy, Northern Lights, was adapted into a 2007 film called the Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, but planned sequels were reportedly shelved after the movie's lacklustre box office performance.

However, fans of the books will now be able to see the story come to life on the small screen in a new BBC TV series, and Pullman admits he is thrilled with the new project.

"It's been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media," he says.

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Authors Raise $800,000 For Syrian Refugees


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Ness, the brains behind the Chaos Walking young adult book series, launched the drive on 3 September (15) to raise funds for those who have fled the war-torn Middle Eastern country and sought sanctuary in Europe.

He has since been flooded with support from fellow authors across the world, including Pullman, who donated $32,000 (£20,000), as well as Marian Keyes, Horowitz, The Fault in Our Stars writer Green, The Hunger Games creator Collins, Jill Mansell and The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins.

Many of the writers have all donated $16,000 (£10,000) to the cause, while a number of the world's most famous publishing houses, including Hachette UK and Penguin Random House, have also stepped in to help Ness.

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Leading Authors Slam U.k. Leader Over Christian Claims In Open Letter


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Leading authors Sir Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman are among the notable figures who have signed an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in protest after the politician branded Britain a "Christian country".

Cameron hit the headlines earlier this month (Apr14) when he insisted Britain should "more confident" about its status as a country with a deep Christian history ahead of the Easter celebrations over the weekend (19-20Apr14).

Some critics dismissed the statement as a vote-winning ploy, and now a list of leading academics and writers have spoken out against his claims, insisting the comments have "negative consequences" for the country.

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Authors Fuming Over Prison Book Ban


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Leading British authors Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon have criticised the U.K. government over new rules which ban prisoners from receiving books from the outside.

New regulations introduced in November (13) mean inmates can no longer have books and other items sent into the prison where they are serving their time.

The move has disgusted the likes of Pullman, the writer behind the His Dark Materials trilogy, who has branded British justice minister Chris Grayling a "bully" over the introduction of the policy.

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Charlotte Hatherley Launches Sylver Tongue


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Charlotte Hatherley launched her debut single with new band Sylver Tongue in London last night (21.05.12).

The band played a set at the Seabright arms pub to launch the track, 'Creatures', showcasing an electro pop sound.

Charlotte - who was previously a member of Ash, and has also had her own solo career - took to the stage with a white streak dyed into her otherwise dark hair and wearing a jacket made out of feathers and leather trousers. She played mostly keyboards rather than guitar and sang throughout the set.

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Pullman To Boycott Schools Over U.k. Paedophile Laws


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THE GOLDEN COMPASS author Philip Pullman has vowed to stop undertaking school visits in Britain - because of the U.K. government's "sinister" new laws to ensure adults entering classroom are not paedophiles.

The writer, whose His Dark Materials debut was transformed into a blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, regularly visits schools across the U.K. to encourage young people to take up creative writing.

But due to new laws set down by Britain's government, anybody who wishes to make school visits must pay $96 (£64) to sign up to a vetting list to ensure they are not on the child abusers register.

And Pullman, along with legendary illustrator Quentin Blake, has threatened to boycott all schools over the new system - insisting it makes youngsters view every adult as a potential threat.

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Rowling Joins Pullman's Campaign Against Book Age Guidelines


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Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING has joined rival fantasy writer Philip Pullman's campaign to block publishers' plans to introduce age guidance limits on books.


Pullman, who penned the His Dark Materials trilogy from which the 2007 film The Golden Compass was adapted, is at the forefront of a group of authors and illustrators who are all unhappy about the scheme.


The new guidelines would see children's books stamped with age limits, in a similar way guidance ratings are given to movies.


And now Rowling is the latest recruit to slam the proposed move, alongside children's literature giants Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

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The Golden Compass World Premiere

Philip Pullman - Tuesday 27th November 2007 at Odeon Leicester Square London, England

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World Premiere Of 'The Golden Compass' After Party Held At Tobacco Dock

Philip Pullman Tuesday 27th November 2007 World Premiere of 'The Golden Compass' After Party held at Tobacco Dock London, England

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Kidman Snubs 'Villainous' Pullman Role


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Actress Nicole Kidman initially snubbed the villain role in THE GOLDEN COMPASS - and was only persuaded to star in it after receiving a personal letter from its writer Philip Pullman.
The Oscar-winning star was offered the part of Mrs Coulter in the movie based on a trilogy of books by Pullman, but was reluctant to play a baddie.
But it was only because of a letter from Pullman - one of the world's most popular fantasy authors - that she finally agreed.
She says, "The thing for me is that she's a villain, and my thrust a lot of the time is that I don't mind playing characters that are 'complicated', but at this stage in my life I'm looking to do things that are much more warm and fuzzy."

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