Welcome to The Writers Initiative’s weekly round-up of interesting news and features from the world of literature that you may have missed these last seven days.

Happy reading!

Why are you struggling to read books during lockdown? The Metro

“And although people have been picking up new things with varying success, many people say that unexpectedly, reading has been something they’ve struggled with in lockdown. Despite having some more time and a limited social life, getting absorbed in a good book is tough right now, even for avid readers.”

Waterstones plans to put its books under a 72-hour quarantine The Guardian

Stars join Taika Waititi in new series reading classic Roald Dahl book Evening Standard

Harry Potter first edition found in skip sells for £33,000 BBC News

Hay Festival online 2020: Digital literary event dates, full programme and how to watch it from home | inews inews.co.uk

Lee Child’s Midnight Line named UK’s most borrowed library book The Bookseller

How Puffin’s wartime spirit is keeping kids connected in isolation The Big Issue

Set up to entertain and educate evacuees during WW2, Puffin is marking 80 years of keeping children’s spirits up