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The composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle, with whom Russell Hoban wrote the 1994 opera The Second Mrs Kong, has died aged 87.

The Medusa Frequency - Cape first edition cover

A new searchable concordance to Russell Hoban's novel Kleinzeit has been released, accompanying the other recent concordance to The Medusa Frequency. This news story has been updated with a link to both, as well as to the original concordance for Riddley Walker compiled by the same creators.

Russell Hoban, Kleinzeit (cover of new Penguin Modern Classics edition by Eduardo Paolozzi)

Eight classic Russell Hoban novels are being published in the Penguin Classics imprint this spring, including Riddley Walker, Kleinzeit and Turtle Diary.

Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie is reported to have signed up to write the script and music for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, based on the 1970s ABC special from the Jim Henson Company, which is in turn based based on the children’s book of the same name by Russe

A tribute to Alida Allison, professor at San Diego State University on the Children's Literature Programme, and tireless booster of Russell Hoban's work.

An exhibition to be held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2018, will include exhibits by Russell and Lillian Hoban.

The Being Human Festival, a festival of humanities, is running a free Riddley Walker-themed walking tour of Canterbury on three dates in November.

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Russell Hoban classic The Mouse and His Child. Experts comment, while there is news of a special 50th birthday edition.

The Folio Society have released a special limited edition of Russell Hoban's 1980 classic.

2016 sees the 30th anniversary of Russell Hoban's children's story The Marzipan Pig, and with it this October comes a new edition in the New York Review Children's Collection imprint.