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Hot on the heels of scooping the PPC Quarterly Award for our work on Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, we are delighted to have been nominated a total of FOUR times for the Annual Awards.

Our campaign for Homo Deus goes head to head with our work on The Path by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh in the Hardback Non-Fiction Category; meanwhile our work on M G Leonard’s smash-hit Beetle Boy and Holly Bourne’s How Hard Can Love Be? received nods in the Children’s and Young Adult categories respectively.

Recognising excellence in the publishing industry, the winners will be announced at a dinner in London on 13th Feb. Wish us luck!

IMG_0208High fives (and champers) all round at the Riot office today as our campaign for Yuval Noah Harari’s HOMO DEUS was named winner of the Publishers’ Publicity Circle (PPC) Quarterly Award.

Praised by judges for the “thorough exploration of all possible avenues” which led to “incredibly impressive amounts of coverage”, our 8-month campaign not only made Homo Deus one of the most talked-about books of the year, which set it sailing into the Sunday Times Bestseller Charts at #3, but also cemented the author’s position as one of the most important global intellectuals writing today.

The win comes almost exactly two years after we scooped the same PPC Award for launching a then-unknown Harari into the bestseller lists for his debut title, Sapiens.

Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell and Mick Inkpen are amongst the illustrators taking part in the Oodles of Doodles campaign to inspire the next generation of creative talent


National Book Tokens and World Book Day are offering budding artists the opportunity to have their work featured alongside some of the nation’s top children’s illustrators, to mark 20 years of World Book Day in 2017. The Oodles of Doodles competition will invite youngsters to design a special National Book Token commemorating the 20th anniversary of the world’s biggest celebration of books and reading.

Over 40 illustrators who have supported World Book Day over the past 20 years, including Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell, Mick Inkpen, Tony Ross, Rob Biddulph and Sophy Henn, have been asked to ‘doodle something booky’ for the occasion. Their artwork will then form part of an online gallery that will provide inspiration for the aspiring illustrators wanting to enter.

There will be three age categories in the Oodles of Doodles competition – 8-years-old and under, 9-12 and 13-16 years. Each category winner will receive £200 worth of National Book Tokens for themselves, as well as £200 for their teacher and £500 for their school. The judges’ favourites will also have their entry displayed on the World Book Day website and the overall winning entry will be made into a real National Book Token and distributed to hundreds of bookshops nationwide in time for Christmas 2017.

Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day said: “We are deeply honoured to have had some of the nation’s most iconic and best-loved illustrators participate in and support World Book Day over the years, and we want to take this opportunity to harness their talent to inspire the next generation. We’re asking our illustrator alumni to ‘doodle something booky’ to mark our 20th anniversary – it will be great to see their favourite characters enjoying books and reading too.”

chris-riddellChris Riddell, Waterstones Children’s Laureate, said: “The doodle is the little brother or sister of drawing. Everyone can doodle, they don’t realise this means they can draw. Our hope is that this competition will encourage children across the country to put pencil to paper, get creative and show us what their imaginations are capable of. We need Oodles of Doodles!”

National Book Tokens and World Book Day’s Oodles of Doodles competition will be launching on 9 January. Entries should be sent to World Book Day Design a Book Token Competition, Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR by midnight on Friday 14th April.

The doodles contributed by the World Book Day illustrators will then be auctioned off online in support of World Book Day, which is a small, registered charity.

Visit www.worldbookday.com for more information, the latest news and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.

wbd-20-logoLine-up to include: Tom Fletcher, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Francesca Simon, Liz Pichon, Sir Chris Hoy, Holly Smale, Clare Balding, Cressida Cowell, Lydia Monks, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Julian Clary & David Roberts

World Book Day has today (Friday 25 November 2016) revealed the all-star line-up for 2017’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth tour, which will feature over 30 authors and illustrators and visit five locations throughout the UK and Ireland in celebration of World Book Day’s 20th anniversary.

The events will run from 27th February – 3rd March, hitting regions across the country and reaching 6,000 children. Host cities for this year’s tour are Glasgow, Coventry, Barry, London and Dublin. In each location, World Book Day will work closely with local partners who will bring the events to life, arranging bookselling and coordinating with local schools to invite children to attend.

On World Book Day itself (2nd March), the tour will be stopping at London’s Cadogan Hall for an audience of close to 1,000. Each event on the tour will give local children the chance to see up to six of their favourite writers and illustrators up close.

Participating authors include Waterstones Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will be live doodling at the London date of the tour, and firm favourites such as Holly Smale, Cressida Cowell and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Broadcaster Clare Balding and Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Chris Hoy will all be joining the line-up, as will Tom Fletcher, singer-songwriter and author of the bestselling The Dinosaur That Pooped stories. Returning this year will be official World Book Day illustrator Liz Pichon, Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon and author Steven Butler, who will once again compère all five locations.

Butler says: “Compèring The Biggest Book Show on Earth has easily become one of the highlights of my year, so I can’t wait to greet the packed audiences filled with excited kids from city to city all over again. Plus there are some HUGE names on the roster this year.  Once again I take my hat off to World Book Day for a truly outstanding line-up, fitting for a big 20th anniversary.”

Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day, is eagerly anticipating the tour’s kick-off: “World Book Day is all about spreading the joy of reading to every young person in the country. We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary, and what a fantastic time we’ve had! As ever, our aim is to deliver some of the very best authors and illustrators direct to thousands of children across the country.”

She added: “The Biggest Book Show on Earth is one of the jewels in World Book Day’s crown, and we couldn’t have asked for a better line-up to help us celebrate this amazing milestone. We can’t wait for young audiences to experience some of the most fun and unique author/illustrator events ever.”

As part of The Biggest Book Show on Earth’s ongoing relationship with Picturehouse Cinemas, it will be partnering with bookshops to run up to 20 author/illustrator events in cinemas across the country, adding a new dimension to The Biggest Book Show on Earth brand and reach.

More details about World Book Day can be found at www.worldbookday.com.

Full tour schedule (additional names still to come):

Monday, 27th February / Royal Concert Hall / Glasgow (Partner: Glasgow Libraries & Waterstones)

Rob Biddulph, Cressida Cowell, Sir Chris Hoy, Lydia Monks*, Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Tuesday, 28th February / Butterworth Hall / Coventry (Partner: Youth Libraries Group & Peters Bookselling Services)

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Alex T. Smith, Holly Smale, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Sam & Mark, Nick Mohammed

Wednesday 1st March / Memo Arts Centre / Barry (Partner: Welsh Books Council & Waterstones)

Abi Elphinstone, Jim Smith, Cathy Cassidy, Martin Brown, Eloise Williams

Thursday 2nd March / Cadogan Hall / London (Partner: National Literacy Trust & WHSmith)

Clare Balding, Francesca Simon*, Tom Fletcher, Chris Riddell, Claire Freedman & Ben Cort*, Liz Pichon*

Friday 3rd March / Liberty Hall / Dublin (Partner: Dublin City of Literature & Eason)

Judi Curtin*, David O’Doherty & Chris Judge, P. J. Lynch, Dave Rudden