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Free school meals: 200 children's authors condemn government

Shirley Hughes and Philip Pullman among signatories of letter decrying lack of provision

More than 200 children’s authors and illustrators, including Shirley Hughes, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Matt Haig, have put their names to a letter decrying the government’s vote against providing free school meals for children in England during half-term.

This week, Conservative MPs rejected a Labour motion, inspired by the footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign on child hunger, by 322 votes to 261. Rashford has urged MPs to unite and stop being influenced by “political affiliation”.

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Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo: ‘People sneer at the things women and girls love’

The author of the hit YA fantasy talks about Netflix stardom, making her novels more diverse and why...

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Billie Eilish is publishing her family photos: ‘It made me miss a lot of parts of my life’

Ahead of her new album, the singer is publishing her childhood snaps as a book, showing life before ...

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Publisher halts Philip Roth book amid sexual abuse claims against biographer

WW Norton to pause shipping Blake Bailey’s authorised biography as women claim Bailey groomed them ...

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Michaela Coel debuts as an author with Misfits: A Personal Manifesto

Out in September in the UK and the US, the creator of I May Destroy You is set to write ‘a rousing ...

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage publishes elegy for Prince Philip

The Patriarchs – An Elegy deliberately avoids the sycophancy Philip hated, the poet says, and is in...

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Simon & Schuster refuses to distribute book by officer who shot Breonna Taylor

US publishing giant was due to distribute Jonathan Mattingly’s The Fight for Truth for rightwing ou...

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