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The Rise of Book Bans and Why We Should Be Concerned

A recent rise in book bans in American public schools is the latest issue on the agenda of the culture war in the United States. This is according to a…

Should children need parental permission to borrow books from the school library?

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of school libraries. For many children, the school library is the first place where they can begin to truly explore literature – the joy…

Christian the Hugging Lion: The Children’s Book Banned for Homosexuality

In 1969, Chelsea socialites John Rendall and Ace Bourke purchased a lion cub from Harrods and baptised him ‘Christian’. Over the next year, they took Christian to glamorous parties, out…

Celebrating Agatha Christie: Appointment with Death

As Agatha Christie becomes the latest in a line of authors whose works are being rewritten, censorship (even well-intentioned censorship) sees no sign of dissipating. I believe that rewriting classics…

A Plea for Less Censorship

If you ever want to feel good about the world, go to The Guardian and search for their cartoons section. From Edith Pritchett’s Venn diagrams to some quite hilarious political…

James Bond and the Dangers of Literary Censorship

We live in an era of literary rewriting. Following the news that Roald Dahl’s works are being rewritten to remove offensive language (which we covered in The Student), James Bond…

LGBT Books Banned in Russia

Censorship abounds as a theme in literature. George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale are classic examples. In a now chilling turn of reality, Putin has banned what…

We Should Not Censor Roald Dahl

Puffin, the renowned publishing house, has announced that the works of Roald Dahl are being rewritten to remove offensive language for future generations. This project is in partnership with Inclusive…