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Pam Royds on Grasmere , 1971 with Sally Christie, children’s author and daughter of Philippa Pearce. I was just twenty two when I fir...

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My blog is about writing and illustrating children's books which I have been doing since 1974. www.gillianmcclure.com has all my books. I also have another blog: www.paulcoltman.blogspot.com where I publish my father's poems.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


The launch of What the Dickens was held at the House of Commons on 7 February – the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth. It’s a programme to encourage creative writing in schools and an awareness of the importance of copyright.

At the launch, authors were asked to lobby MPs and voice their concerns about the proposal to expand free-use of copyrighted works in educational establishments.

Dickens would have approved of all this, having been a great campaigner for copyright himself. He met with a lot of hostility when he objected to his works being copied without his permission and without remuneration.

 I like this edition of The Old Curiosity Shop because one of the illustrators is Cattermole, an ancestor of a next-door-neighbour of mine.

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