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The ALCS AGM 2015

ALCS: creativity and copyright

You may already be aware of ALCS's commitment to working with school children to educate them about the connection of creativity and copyright.

To this end, our two writing competitions, the Young Writers Guide to Shakespeare and the CILIP CKG shadowing scheme competition 'The Journey', have come to an end. We are pleased to share with you the winning stories from both competitions.

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  • 24/06/2016

    The EU referendum

    As you’ll all be aware by now the people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. We’ll be looking in more detail at the implications of this decision for creators in the next edition of ALCS News, but wanted in the meantime to reassure members that the agreements we have in place with European organisations to collect money for UK writers’ works aren’t dependent on our being a member of the EU. So in that respect, it’s business as usual.

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  • 20/06/2016

    The Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare: The winners

    ALCS and the National Schools Partnership recently teamed up once again to launch the 2015 Young Writer's Guide to Shakespeare, part of ALCS's ongoing work to introduce school students to the issue of copyright.


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  • 20/06/2016

    "The Journey": The winners of the ALCS and CILIP CKG 2016 Writing Competition

    ALCS is a long-time supporter of the hugely successful CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals annual shadowing scheme, in which tens of thousands of children in schools and libraries across the country read the books shortlisted for both Medals, argue with each other over which is the best, post reviews and vote for their own favourites, before the official winners are announced.

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  • 20/06/2016

    Winners of the CKG Medals and ALCS sponsored Amnesty CILIP Honour Announced

    It was announced this afternoon that Sarah Crossan has won the Carnegie Medal for her book One, with Chris Riddell, illustrator and Children’s Laureate, taking the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman.

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  • 17/05/2016

    ALCS Chair Adam Singer steps down

    Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) is seeking a Chair to succeed Adam Singer who is stepping down in Autumn 2016 after 3 years.

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  • 03/05/2016

    Bernie Corbett, WGGB General Secretary steps down

    Bernie Corbett, General Secretary of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), stepped down earlier this month after more than 15 years at the helm of the organisation. He is the longest-serving leader of WGGB since it was formed in 1959.

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  • 08/03/2016

    The Authors' Compass: a conference run by the Society of Authors (SoA)

    ALCS Members can take advantage of a special rate to attend a day of lively talks to help authors navigate contemporary publishing.

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  • 01/03/2016

    New blow to Canadian educational writers incomes

    Canadian writers and publishers in the education sector will go unpaid for up to a million books per year, according to a statement released by The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) last week.

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  • 05/02/2016

    Public libraries providing ‘vital’ service for younger readers

    Children’s authors are dominating loans from public libraries proving that they continue to foster the reading appetites of the UK's children. The latest annual data was released today by Public Lending Right (PLR) on the eve of National Libraries Day and in National Story Telling Week.

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  • 03/02/2016

    US Authors Guild Director Paul Aiken Dies

    Paul Aiken, Director of The Authors Guild in the US for over 20 years, has died.

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