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Posted by: Leaky
February 27, 2002, 12:25 PM

Budding young authors across Northern Ireland have been urged to create their own magical world as part of a new children's competition launched today. The winner of the Coca-Cola story writing initiative will be offered the unique opportunity to visit the set of the next Harry Potter movie. They and their family will take part in a Hogwarts feast and will also go to Alnwick Castle where much of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was filmed. (Thanks to IHP for the link.)

How you can be the next JK Rowling: However much highbrow critics may carp, children's books are fast becoming the most fashionable genre in publishing. During one recent week, the top 10 fiction paperback bestseller list contained no fewer than seven titles by JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling, and Philip Pullman became the first children's author to win the Whitbread Prize.

The cities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York are calling on their citizens to all read the same books at the same time. BBC News Online puts the idea to London's mayor.

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