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News   - Latest Headlines

Welcome to Calibre's news page. We hope you enjoy reading about the latest developments in our service, all the stories about people who have supported us, recent publicity, and also news about books.

The Underground Road clinches the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

The Underground Railroad wins again


The Underground Railroad by American author Colson Whitehead has been awarded another prestigious literary prize. Whitehead was presented with the... More >

Paddington Bear

Remembering the author of Paddington Bear


Michael Bond, who famously created the popular children's character Paddington Bear, died recently at the age of 91. Born in 1926 in Newbury,... More >


Guide to Home Adaptations


Jessica found our website while researching home adaptations for a partially sighted relative. She has kindly shared the guide she has written... More >

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson and the Library in the Sky


Dame Jacqueline Wilson, former Children's Laureate, has been working with the budget airline easyJet to come up with a list of children's classics... More >

CAL Download - Our Award Presentation


Here's a little video clip of our award presentation which includes Calibre's Director, Michael Lewington chatting to broadcaster Peter Day. ... More >

Mike Brace at Garden Party

2017 Volunteers' Party


On 28th June, Calibre held our annual party, a celebratory buffet lunch held in a marquee on our grounds which provides the opportunity for us to... More >


Calibre’s Download App - Yet to Launch but already an Award Winner


For some time now, Calibre has been working to develop a download app designed specifically for visually impaired people. We commissioned... More >

Desmond Elliott Prize 2017 awarded to Golden Hill

Desmond Elliott Prize 2017 awarded to Golden Hill


This years' £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize has been awarded to Francis Spufford for his historical novel Golden Hill (11779). Sam Leith, chair of... More >

National Reading Group Day

National Reading Group Day


National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 24th June in celebration of reading groups and what they mean to people. Libraries and... More >

River of Stories

A River of Stories Collection


Calibre recently received a donation of a set of four books from the Commonwealth Education Trust titled "A River of Stories" to be recorded and... More >