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Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
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Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story
What, or indeed who, is behind the popularity of Chinese sci-fi?
Enjoy eight stand-out musical collaborations featuring The Who frontman
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Breaking down myths on the refugee crisis, the inspiration for Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul

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