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20 May 2022

Alice Oseman's ‘Heartstopper’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Netflix

Heartstopper fans, rejoice: Nick and Charlie will be back for a second and third season of the hit Netflix show based on the graphic novels, and Alice Oseman will return as writer and creator. 

Heartstopper has been a critical and audience hit since launching on the platform on April 22, reaching Netflix’s Top Ten list in 54 countries. Sales of Alice Oseman's works have also increased exponentially since the premiere of the adaptation on Netflix, propelling the first volume in the original graphic novel series to number one on the official UK Children's bestseller charts and volumes two, three and four into the top ten as well, and Heartstopper Vol 1 is also sitting at number eight on the New York Times bestseller list this week. 

That’s also been clear on social media, where the series flew to the top of Variety’s Trending TV chart in the week of its release with 1.05 million engagements on Twitter. Over the last four weeks it has remained at the top of the chart. The hashtag #Heartstopper has also amassed over 4.3B views on TikTok.

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18 May 2022

Announcing the DRF David Miller Internship Programme for 2022 in partnership with Creative Access

The DRF David Miller Bursary, currently awarded to a developing rights professional already working in the business, is to be refocused on creating entry pathways for people from groups under-represented in the sector, in partnership with Creative Access, a leading social enterprise specialised in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The biennial award will be renamed the DRF David Miller Internship Programme and with its educational brief will support two paid internships over a 6-week period.

The programme will offer an entry level introduction to rights and agenting in publishing companies and literary agencies, providing a full understanding of the role of rights professionals within the wider industry. This will be achieved through first-hand experience and intensive training, with the specific aim of providing a significant steppingstone to the successful candidates in their search for future employment. Their educational schedule will include involvement with The Frankfurt Book Fair in October, the key yearly rights event. The two interns will be given mentoring and guidance throughout their placements.  

Payment will be made in two stages, based on th...

18 May 2022

Kojo Karam and Audrey Magee shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2022

The Orwell Prize finalists have been unveiled and titles by Kojo Karam and Audrey Magee have been shortlisted for the two book prizes. For the Political Writing Prize, Kojo Karam is selected for his work on Uncommon Wealth (John Murray), which shines a light on Britain's cynical self-interest in the aftermath of decolonisation and the hitherto neglected financial scandals that allowed the nation's establishment to profit from the poverty of their former dependencies. For the Political Fiction Prize, Audrey Magee is shortlisted for her novel The Colony (Faber), which is about two men who arrive on a remote island attempting to capture its essence but the islanders themselves have their own views on the visitors' actions.

Each prize is worth £3,000 and will be presented to the winner at a ceremony closing the Orwell Festival of Political Writing on 14th July. The finalists will all be invited to take part in the festival, taking place from 22nd June to 14th July.

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