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.

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Owen Sheers selects 10 writers shaping the UK’s future The Guardian

The author explains his choice of writers meeting the challenge of giving literary shape to the climate crisis, sexism, racism, inclusivity, and still making good art

JK Rowling unveils The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children’s book BBC News

Poems to soothe the soul during coronavirus lockdown as chosen by the Poetry Pharmacy founder Deborah Alma inews.co.uk

“Alongside regular poetry books, customers will find tiny printed poems which are rolled up, put inside capsules and kept in medicine jars with labels like “broken heart” and “hope”.”

Dawson’s Meat Market wins the YA Book Prize The Bookseller

Author and Aids activist Larry Kramer dies aged 84 The Independent