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Book Trust

Booktrust encourages reading across ages and cultures, bringing writers and readers together through book-gifting schemes like Bookstart. The organisation runs a range of websites, campaigns and book prizes, and offers advice and guidance to schools, parents and libraries. Booktrust is one of nine organisations resident at the Free Word Centre. Our funding contributes to core operating costs. 

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £355,000
  • 2013-2014: £365,000
  • 2014-2015: £385,000

Video feed

Booktrust - London Book Fair 2014 highlights

See what Booktrust got up to at the London Book Fair 2014: Running a programme of seminars, presenting the latest reading habits research and generally spreading the word about our work.

Kim Scott Walwyn winner interview - Anne Perry

This year's Kim Scott Walwyn award-winner talks about her role at Hodder &Stoughton, what it was like to win the award and why prizes like this are important. Find out more about the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize by visiting www.booktrust.org.uk/KSW.

Winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

An interview with Hassan Blasim, author of The Iraqi Christ, and his translator Jonathan Wright fresh from their win of the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

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Booktrust, 'Line of Fire' school event with Barroux

Barroux: author of 'Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier', talks to students at Marlybone C.E. School at an event organised by Booktrust, in partnership with publisher Phoenix Yard Books, as part of our work to support children's books in translation. London - February 2014

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 - Adam Johnson interview

The author of this year's winning story speaks about the inspiration for 'Nirvana', what it feels like to win and how Barack Obama could aid his story. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is managed by reading charity Booktrust; for more information about the prize visit: www.booktrust.org.uk/SundayTimesEFG

Malorie Blackman and Niamh Sharkey in conversation at Stormont, Belfast.

To finish her Stories Tour in Northern Ireland, UK Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman took part in an in-conversation event with Laureate na n-Og Niamh Sharkey, which was facilitated by Marie-Louise Muir. It took place in The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on Friday 21st March 2014, and was hosted by Basil McCrea, MLA.

Booktrust, Reading Changes Lives Conference, March 2014

Exploring links between reading and social mobility with panellists: Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman; Commissioner of Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Anne Marie Carrie; Former Education Secretary, Alan Johnson MP; Director of Research and Development, NIACE, Carol Taylor and Liam Fox MP.

Booktrust Children's Reading Fund Sleepover

Booktrust Children's Reading Fund Sleepover event at Waterstones Piccadilly (film by Dino Dimopolous)

Your top ten children's books!

We invited book fans of all ages to pick their ultimate books to read before the age of 14 from our list of the 100 best children's books from the last century. Here are the nation's top ten.

Alan Johnson talks to Booktrust

Alan Johnson 'We must get books into children's hands'

BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Booktrust speaks to the shortlisted authors at the BBC National Short Story Award 2012 award ceremony about the inspiration behind their stories and what the form means to them.

Laura Dockrill's WOT

Booktrust's online writer in residence Laura Dockrill was joined by Malorie Blackman, Dawn O'Porter, Caitlin Moran and Dawn O'Porter for a very event celebrating children's books and inspiring female characters. Find out more at http://booktrust.org.uk/books/writing/online-writer-in-residence/laura-dockrill-women-on-top/

Interview with performance poet Raymond Antrobus

Booktrust's Anna McKerrow interviews performance poet Raymond Antrobus about spoken word education and his own work in schools.

Interview with performance poet Indigo Williams

Booktrust's Anna McKerrow interviews performance poet Indigo Williams about the role of performance poetry in schools.

Laura Dockrill on children's book inspirations

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill talks to Booktrust's Anna Loudon about the children's books that have inspired her as a writer, including books by Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak, J M Barrie and Dr Seuss

Laura Dockrill on keeping an ideas books

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill tells Booktrust's Anna Loudon about why all aspiring writers should keep an ideas book, journal or writing rough book, and suggests some tips for getting started.

Laura Dockrill talks about Darcy Burdock

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill talks to Booktrust's Anna Loudon about her latest book, Darcy Burdock

Laura Dockrill's writing tips

Online writer in residence Laura Dockrill shares her writing tips for children and teenagers

The Ugly Duckling: with top tips

Find more fairy tale fun at www.bookstart.org.uk/duckling Got an older browser? Go to www.bookstart.org.uk/fairytales Read by Julie Hesmondhalgh for National Bookstart Week 2013

Malorie Blackman, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman was appointed as the eighth Children's Laureate at an event on 4 June 2013 at Kings Place in London. Here, she receives her medal and outlines her plans for her two years in the role.

Julia Donaldson, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2011-2013, closing speech

From the Children's Laureate announcement on 4 June 2013 at Kings Place. Julia Donaldson concluded her time as Children's Laureate 2011-2013 with this speech, before handing over to new Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

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Book House, 45
East Hill
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SW18 2QZ

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