Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Peter Pan, the sequel

Peter Pan by J M Barrie, is to have a sequel.

The Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, who own the copyright to the work, came up with the idea of a competition for authors to write a follow-up to the original as part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the first performance of the play on which the book was based, reports Publishing News.

Publishers and agents are being invited to put forward the names of up to two authors each. Entry forms and briefing notes are available from Colman Getty, and all those nominated must submit a brief synopsis and sample chapter to the charity by 31 January 2005. These will be judged by a panel of experts,including Liz Attenborough, formerly of Puffin Books, now consultant to the National Literacy Trust; Daisy Goodwin, presenter of BBC2’s Essential Poems (To Fall in Love With) and editor of several poetry anthologies; and Mariella Frostrup, former Man Booker judge and presenter of Open Book on Radio 4.

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