Signal 73, January 1994
Rupert in Space and Time — Hugh Crago, 3
Two Poems — John Mole, 17
The Patrick Hardy Lecture — Jan Mark, 19
Views on Reviews: A Patchwork — Nancy Chambers, with a contribution from Jenny Pausacker, 37
Attack of the Teenage Horrors: Theme and Meaning in Popular Series Fiction — Charles Sarland, 49
Trying to be Good — Alan Tucker, 63
Endpapers / Letter from Maria Pia Alignani, 72
Hugh Crago most recently wrote for Signal about the nature and influence of Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia (January 1989); his first Signal article, written with Maureen Crago, was a study of the imagery of the underwater Otherworld in children's fiction 1840-1971 (May 1973).
A selection from John Mole's poetry collections for children, Boo to a Goose (winner of the Signal Poetry Award in 1988) and The Mad Parrot's Countdown, will be published shortly by Puffin under the title Back by Midnight.
Jan Mark's They Do Things Differently There, a social/political satire for teenagers/adults, will be published in May by The Bodley Head; her Patrick Hardy Lecture is the fourth to appear in Signal. From the mid 1960s to the early 1980s Patrick Hardy was a prominent figure in children's publishing — one of his brainchildren was the writing competition won by Jan Mark's Thunder and Lightnings (1976), for example; he was also, from its beginning, a very good friend of the Thimble Press.
Charles Sarland is an Education Lecturer at the University of East Anglia; his first Signal appearance was an article on the choir school novels of William Mayne (September 1975).
Alan Tucker's review of the Opies' Oxford Book of Children's Verse led off the May 1973 Signal, which also included the Crago article mentioned above.
Signal 74, May 1994
The Signal Poetry Award to Philip Gross: The All-Nite Café (Faber) — Jennifer Wilson, Stephen Bicknell, Nancy Chambers, 79
Questions of Poetry — John Mole, 86
Essaying the Review — Lissa Paul, 93
Madame de Ségur, Ideal Grandmother — Gwen Marsh 103
Revenge of the Teenage Horrors: Pleasure, Quality and Canonicity in (and out of) Popular Series Fiction — Charles Sarland, 113
Books about Children's Books 1993 — Sheila Ray, 132
These Piglets Fled Away — Peter Hollindale, 141
John Mole is one of this year's recipients of a Cholmondeley Award; with Jan Mark he will select the next Signal Poetry Award.
A research grant for the study of maternal literacies, the largest social sciences and humanities research grant ever awarded to the University of New Brunswick, has been given to Lissa Paul and her colleague Pam Nason.
For eighteen years a children's book editor, at Harrap and then Dent, Gwen Marsh has translated many French classics and award-winning children's books into English; she has made a special study of Madame de Ségur and her writing, and her article is extracted from a longer, unpublished work.
Charles Sarland is an Education Lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
Sheila Ray is editor of School Librarian.
Signs of Childness: A Short Philosophy of Children's Literature by Peter Hollindale will be published by the Thimble Press in autumn 1994.
Two Signal Poetry Award recipients have just appeared in Puffin:
Jackie Kay's Two's Company and John Mole's Boo to a Goose (the Puffin title, Back by Midnight, also includes poems from John Mole's The Mad Parrot's Countdown).
Signal 75, Sept 1994
Into the Dangerous World: We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy by Maurice Sendak — Jane Doonan, 155
Tove Jansson —Thomas Warburton, 172
Just Pretending — Catherine Barron, 174
Little Anna and Big Anna — Anna Crago, 177
'What Are You Writing?': The Parent-Observer at Home — Virginia Lowe, 182
Books for the First Enterers — Gillian Avery, 194
Crossing the Divide: Publishing Children's Books in the European Context — Klaus Flugge, 209
Annual Index: Volume 25, 215
With this issue, number 75, Signal completes its twenty-fifth year of publishing. For an earlier anniversary issue, number 50, Jane Doonan wrote her first study of the work of Maurice Sendak, 'Outside over There: A Journey in Style', a two-part essay completed in issue 51.
The grandmother's clock mentioned in Catherine Barron's article belongs to Grace Hogarth, a major presence in children's publishing from her establishing of Constable Young Books in 1956 to her retirement in the mid 1970s.
Anna Crago's early teenage reading was discussed by her father in 'Easy Connections: Emotional Truth and Fictional Gratification', Signal 52, January 1987.
Virginia Lowe lectures in English and children's literature at Deakin University and has just finished her term as judge for the Australian Children's Book of the Year Awards.
Gillian Avery's new book, Behold the Child: American Children and their Books 1621 - 1922 (Bodley Head and Johns Hopkins University Press), will be published in October.
Klaus Flugge is the majority shareholder in a company, Andersen Press Limited, that intends to stay independent.
Congratulations to Eileen Colwell
Eileen Colwell, the pioneer children's librarian and storyteller, has received this year's Eleanor Farjeon Award, given by the Children's Book Circle in recognition of her distinguished services to children's books. Eileen wrote about her early career in 'At the Beginning', Signal 13, January 1974, which also included Marcus Crouch's article about her; her article 'A Visit to Japan' appeared in Signal 50, May 1986. In 1991 the Thimble Press published a new edition of her Storytelling, which originally came from the Bodley Head.
Signal 76, Jan. 1995
The Constructedness of Children — Margaret Meek, 5
Thoughts on Introducing Children's Literature — Neil Philip, 20
Raising the Issues — Michael Rosen, 26
The View from The Hill: 'Lovely and Melancholy Reading' — Geoff Fox, 45
Reviews, Reviewers and Reviewing: The Patrick Hardy Lecture — Julia Eccleshare, 61
A photocopied set of January 1970 Signal pages, plus the six pages of letters in the May 1970 Signal responding to articles in the first issue, is available from the Thimble Press (£3.00 or $5 post free).
An updated edition of Margaret Meek's Learning to Read was published in 1994 along with a new reprint of her anthology The Cool Web: The Pattern of Children's Reading (both Bodley Head); she is an inaugural member of the Executive Committee of the National Literacy Trust.
Neil Philip's recent books include The Penguin Book of English Folktales (Penguin 1992), Victorian Village Life (Albion 1993), and The Arabian Nights (Orchard 1994).
Viking have just published The Penguin Book of Childhood, an anthology by Michael Rosen, whose 1992 Patrick Hardy Lecture was published in the May 1993 Signal; he teaches children's literature at the University of North London.
Geoff Fox, who lectures in the University of Exeter's School of Education, was a founding editor of Children's Literature in Education, on whose editorial committee he still serves; 1995 is CLE's anniversary year too, its first issue appearing in March 1970.
Julia Eccleshare is children's books correspondent for The Bookseller.
Signal 77, May 1995
The Signal Poetry Award to Helen Dunmore: Secrets (Bodley Head) — Jan Mark & John Mole, 79
The Picture Book: A Form Awaiting Its History — David Lewis, 99
Books about Children's Books 1994 — Sheila Ray, 113
The Young Musician in Children's Books — Helen McClelland, 125
Children's Books in Teacher Education at Westminster College, Oxford — Mary Sutcliffe, 134
Jan Mark has just completed for Walker Books an as yet untitled reworking of Old Testament stories and Midrashim; The Tale of Tobias, her picture-book text based upon the Apochryphal Book of Tobit, illustrated by Rachel Merriman, is due from Walker in the autumn.
John Mole's Selected Poems have just been published by Sinclair-Stevenson; a new collection for children, Leave it to me, will be appearing next year from Hodder & Stoughton.
David Lewis, lecturer in primary education at the University of Exeter, has recently completed doctoral research on the nature and origins of the picture book; his article 'The Constructedness of Texts: Picture Books and the Metafictive' appeared in Signal, May 1990.
This 'Books about Children's Books' is the eighth that Sheila Ray has compiled, the first three being for Signal Selections 1987-9.
Helen McClelland, who has published four books, all connected with schoolgirl fiction, is well known under the name Margaret Moncrieff as a cellist, both performer and teacher; her article on Elinor Brent-Dyer, 'Questions about Elinor', appeared in the May 1988 Signal.
Mary Sutcliffe's article is one of a series on the teaching of children's books in higher education: University of Birmingham (May 1984), Bulmershe College (September 1985), University of Cambridge (January 1985), Craigie College, Ayr (January 1987), University of Exeter (May 1985), St Martin's, Lancaster (January 1986), University of Wales, Cardiff (May 1990), College of Librarianship, Wales (September 1987), Worcester College of Higher Education (September 1984), University of York (September 1986). Overseas: University of Sydney (May 1988); Armidale College, Australia (September 1988); in Canada (January 1989); in New Zealand (January 1991).
Signal 78, Sept. 1995
Grace Abounding — Barbara Ker Wilson, 155
Grace Hogarth, in Celebration — Elaine Moss, Delia Huddy, Philippa Pearce, Julia MacRae & Nancy Chambers, 166
The Jolly Postman's Long Ride, or, Sketching a Picture-Book History — David Lewis, 178
Hellen Keller: Words, Worlds and Literacies — Pam Whitty, 193
John Newbery and Tom Telescope — John Rowe Townsend, 207
Endpapers including Maria Pia Alignani on Gianni Rodari, 215
Annual Index: Volume 26, 223
Barbara Ker Wilson is Consulting Editor, University of Queensland Press, where she works with adult biographers and autobiographers and with Aboriginal writers, and is responsible for the Storybridge list for children.
This is the second time Elaine Moss and Julia MacRae have appeared in the same Signal, the first being in May 1970.
Delia Huddy has been part of the Julia MacRae Books team since the firm began in 1980. Oxford University Press are shortly to publish Dread and Delight: A Century of Children's Ghost Stories, compiled by Philippa Pearce with her introduction and notes.
As well as investigating the books themselves David Lewis is researching young children's readings of picture books and is currently working on some case studies of children talking about their reading as they read.
Pam Whitty teaches early childhood courses at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, in Canada. The sixth and (in Britain) definitive edition of John Rowe Townsend's history of English-language children's literature, Written for Children, was published by The Bodley Head in July 1995.
Signal 79, Jan. 1996
Editorial — Peter Hollindale, 3
Thoughts on Narrative, Tradition, Originality; Children, Writing, Reading ... — Dennis Hamley, 5
Gender, Genre and Children's Literature — John Stephens, 17
Let Me Involve You in This Curious Tale — Rodie Sudbery, 31
Journeys through the Amulet: Time-Travel in Children's Fiction — M.A.L. Locherbie-Cameron, 45
Re-reading the Self. Children's Books and Undergraduate Readers — Peter Hollindale with Rhianon Howells & Jacqui Newby, 62
Dennis Hamley's novels, Hare's Choice, Badger's Fate and Hawk's Vision, will soon be reissued in a single volume, The Hare Trilogy (Scholastic, Summer 1996); the novel in progress mentioned in the article, provisionally titled Out of the Mouths of Babes... will be published in 1997 as an Adlib paperback.
John Stephens, currently vice president of the International Research Society for Children's Literature, is an associate professor at Macquarie University in Australia, and author of Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction. After writing sixteen novels for children (published between 1968 and 1984) Rodie Sudbery took an undergraduate degree in English at York University; followed by an M.A. in Renaissance Literature; she is presently in the middle of a D.Phil. on the topic of suicide in the works of Joseph Conrad.
Margaret Locherbie-Cameron is a lecturer in the Department of English, University of Wales, Bangor, whose major teaching and research interests are in Old English but who has recently begun to teach courses in children's fiction.
Peter Hollindale, guest editor of this issue of Signal, has recently completed Signs of Childness in Children's Books, to be published by the Thimble Press in the autumn of 1996.
Signal 80, May 1996
The Signal Poetry Award to Buns for the Elephants by Mike Harding — Jan Mark & John Mole, 79
Clever Bill: William Nicholson, Children & Picture Books — Elaine Moss, 98
Going Along with Mr Gumpy: Polysystemy and Play in the Modern Picture Book — David Lewis, 105
Easy as A,B,C — Mary Abbott, 120
Books about Children's Books 1995 — Sheila Ray, 127
Endpapers including Gillian Lathey on a translation seminar, 141
Jan Mark is working on a biographical treasury of writings from the lesser-known works of Robert Louis Stevenson.
John Mole's new collection of poetry for children, Hot Air, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in July.
The Signal Companion, written by Elaine Moss and edited by Nancy Chambers, will be published by the Thimble Press in June.
David Lewis is lecturer in primary education at the University of Exeter; his series of articles is drawn from his doctoral research on the nature and origins of the picture book.
Mary Abbott, principal lecturer in history at Anglia Polytechnic University; came across Charles Hoole and John Newton while working on Life Cycles in England, 1560-1720 - Cradle to Grave, to be published by Routledge in July; Life Cycles in England includes substantial sections of illustrative texts and images of the period.
Sheila Ray is associate editor of The International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, edited by Peter Hunt, to be published by Routledge in July.
Signal 81, Sept 1996
Newcomers — Maureen Guy, 147
The Constructedness of Critics — Margaret Meek, 171
The Development of Modern Children's Literature in Late Twentieth-Century Ireland — Emer O'Sullivan, 189
Endpapers — Brian Alderson & David Lewis, 212
Annual Index 1996, Volume 27 (Issues 79, 80, 81), 215
'Newcomers' is the first section of Maureen Guy's work in progress, being an account of what she has learned about learning from her expert beginners.
Margaret Meek, whose Information and Book Learning will be published by the Thimble Press in October 1996, is a member of the English Panel of the National Council for Educational Technology and is on the Executive Committee of the National Literacy Trust.
Dr Emer O'Sullivan is a lecturer and researcher at the Institut für Jugendbuchforschung (Institute for Children's Literature Research) at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; she is currently writing a study of comparative children's literature, examining aspects of the translation and international transfer of children's literature.
Signal 82, January 1997
Finding a Religion — Silvia Rodgers, 3
England's Dreaming — Neil Philip, 14
Children's Books and the Media: The Patrick Hardy Lecture — Anna Home, 31
The Splendid Crown and the Humble Pen: Some Royal Writers for Children — Lance Salway, 41
The Further Adventures of Pinocchio: CHAPTER XXXVII, in which PINOCCHIO returns to school to study GRESHAM'S LAW — John Goldthwaite, 67
Silvia Rodgers is a social anthropologist and is married to politician William Rodgers; her memoirs, Red Saint, Pink Daughter, were published in 1996 by André Deutsch.
Neil Philip's recent books include The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse (Oxford University Press), The Illustrated Book of Myths (Dorling Kindersley), and The Adventures of Odysseus (Orion); two US titles of interest to Signal readers are Earth Always Endures: Native American Poems (Viking) and American Fairy Tales (Hyperion).
Anna Home, Head of Children's Prograrnmes at the BBC, is currently responsible for some 1000 hours of transmission each year, ranging from comedy to natural history; her history of children's television, Into the Box of Delights (1993), is published by BBC Books.
Lance Salway, who contributed an article on Hesba Stretton to the first Signal (January 1970), edits Souvenir, the journal of the Violet Needham Society; his Queen Victoria's Grandchildren was published by Collins & Brown in 1991, and his latest children's book, This House is Haunted Too!, is due shortly from Scholastic.
John Goldthwaite, the American writer and critic, devotes a chapter of his Natural History of Make-Believe (Oxford University Press, 1996) to a study of Pinocchio.
Signal 83, May 1997
Signal Poetry Award Recipients, 79
The Signal Poetry Award 1997 — Brian Morse & Michael Glover, 81
In Two Minds: Topics & Themes in The Natural History of Make-Believe — Margaret Meek, 101
Pictures for Children in the Netherlands — Huub Lamers, 115
A Constant Need of Wall — Ted van Lieshout, 118
Children's Literature at the University of Warwick — Christine Wilkie, 125
Books about Children's Books 1996 — Sheila Ray, 132
Brian Morse runs poetry workshops in primary schools; his Dagger Press publishes pamphlets of adult poetry.
Michael Glover writes on poetry, fiction and the arts for the national press, including The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Financial Times and The New Statesman; collections of his poetry include Measured Lives (Dagger Press, 1994), Impossible Horizons (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995) and A Small Modicum of Folly (Dagger Press, 1997).
Margaret Meek is Emeritus Reader at the Institute of Education in the University of London; her Information and Book Learning is published by the Thimble Press (1996).
Huub Lamers, a lecturer and writer on arts education, has worked with the LOKV since 1984. A note about Ted van Lieshout appears at the beginning of his article.
Christine Wilkie lectures in English and directs the MA in Children's Literature Studies at the University of Warwick; her paper "The Dilemma of Children's literature and Its Criticism" appeared in File: A Literary Journal, Vol.6.3, 1996.
Sheila Ray, author of The Blyton Phenomenon (Deutsch, 1982), contributed to the Roehampton Institute Centenary Conference on Enid Blyton, 12 April 1997.
Signal 84, Sept 1997
Mabel Quiller-Couch: An Edwardian Children's Author in Hampstead — Gene Adams, 151
A Don May Look at a Genius — Anne Wilson, 161
Drawn to Illustration: Greenaway Artists in 1997 — Jane Doonan, 172
The Heinses at the Horn Book — Nancy Chambers, 190
A Life with Books and Children — Ethel L. Heins, 193
Parents and Children Sharing Books: An Observational Study — Maggie Moore & Barrie Wade, 203
Annual Index: 1997, Volume 28 (Nos. 82, 83, 84), 215
Gene Adams is Curator of Hampstead Museum, Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 1 LT.
An Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at Birmingham University Anne Wilson is the author of Magical Thought in Creative Writing (Thimble Press 1983) and The Magical Quest: The Use of Magic in Arthurian Romance (Manchester University Press 1988).
Jane Doonan's Looking at Pictures in Picture Books is published by the Thimble Press (1993); in September 1996 she was an invited participant in the international symposium Visual Literacy and Picture Books organized by the Swiss Institute of Children's Books, Johanna Spyri-Stiftung, Zurich, and in August 1997 she presented a paper on Charles Keeping's illustrating of Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland at the thirteenth congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature, University of York.
The 1998 Children's Literature New England Summer Institute will be held 16-22 August at Newnham College, Cambridge; further details from Martha Walke, Registrar, CLNE, 2111 North Brandywine Street, Arlington, VA 22207, U.S.A.
Maggie Moore is Director of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham, where she is also Research Co-ordinator; her most recent book, in collaboration with Barrie Wade, is Supporting Readers (David Fulton).
Barrie Wade is Professor of English in Education at the University of Birmingham, and Executive Editor of Educational Review; his latest books include Rainbow (poetry for children; Oxford University Press) and A Guide to Children's Poetry (Scolar Press).
Signal 85, Jan. 1998
Translating Verse für Children — Anthea Bell, 3
The Silver Sword: A Publishing Story — Jane Serraillier Grossfeld, 15
Not the Whole Story — Margaret Clark, 36
Let'sWrite It in Red: The Patrick Hardy Lecture — Philip Pullman, 44
Report from Limbo: Reading Historical Children's Literature Today — Susan R. Gannon, 63
In 1996 Anthea Bell received the first Marsh Award for children's literature in translation for her version of Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life (Andersen Press); accounts of her earlier Signal articles appear in The Signal Companion (Thimble Press).
Jane Serraillier Grossfeld wrote the Afterword for the Puffin Modern Classics edition of The Silver Sword; she gives slide-illustrated talks on 'The Making of The Silver Sword' to schools and other interested groups.
The second edition of Margaret Clark's Writing for Children was published by A. & C. Black in 1997.
Northern Lights (Scholastic)' the first volume of Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials, won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Children's Book of the Year Award; the second part of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, has been published recently.
Susan R. Gannon is professor of literature and communications in the Dyson College of Pace University, New York; she is co-author of Mary Mapes Dodge (Twayne) and is currently coediting a collection of critical essays on St. Nicholas Magazine.
Signal 86, May 1998
The Signal Poetry Award 1998 — Bob Barton & Lissa Paul, 79
Having to Read to Learn — Margaret Meek, 101
C. Walter Hodges: Word Artist — Elaine Moss, 109
Adventures among the Midrashim — Jan Mark, 117
Books about Children's Books 1997 — Sheila Ray, 129
Bob Barton is an internationally known educational consultant, author and storyteller, based in Toronto; his most recent book, Mother Goose Goes to School (written with David Booth), is published by Pembroke.
Lissa Paul teaches children's literature at the University of New Brunswick; her first article for Signal, 'Inside the Lurking Glass with Ted Hughes', appeared in January 1986; Thimble Press have just published her new book, Reading Otherways.
Margaret Meek is Emeritus Reader at the Institute of Education in the University of London; her Information & Book Learning (1996) is published by the Thimble Press.
With Ann Lazim Elaine Moss has written The Core Booklist for the Centre for Language in Primary Education (see page 137).
Next year Scholastic will publish Jan Mark's recently completed novel, The Eclipse of the Century, which she describes as 'a satire/black comedy on Chaos Theory and Millennium nuts' set in Central Asia, where I have never been'.
Children's literature consultant and UK editor of Children's Literature Abstracts, Sheila Ray is celebrating forty years of professional involvement in children's books, having become a schools and children's librarian in 1958.
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Signal 87, Sept. 1998
Modern Language Association of America Papers Presented 27 - 30 December 1997, Toronto, edited by Sandra L. Beckett & Lissa Paul
The State of Children's Books in this Millennium and the Next, 157
The Survival of the Book — Tim Wynne-Jones, 160
Strange Business: The Publishing Point of View — Wendy Lamb, 167
The Left-Handed Story — Nancy Willard, 174
Preserving the Past to Create the Future, 181
The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books — Leslie McGrath, 184
Revolution and Reverence: French Children's Literature Collections — Jean Perrot, 187
Literary Theory and Children's Literature: Reflections on the Past and Predictions for the Future, 193
Man-books, Kiddie Lit and Critical Distemper — Beverly Lyon Clark, 196
Cultural History and the Meanings of Children's Literature — Ruth Bottigheimer, 203
In Conclusion, 210
The Annual Index for 1998: Volume 29 (issues 85, 86, 87), 211-14.
Contributors & Additional Notes
Information on these writers also appears in the main text.
The Maestro by Tim Wynne-Jones won a Governor General's Award for Literature in 1995; Stephen Fair (Groundwood) is his latest novel.
Publisher Wendy Lamb is on the faculty of the Certificate in Publishing Program at City College in Manhattan.
Nancy Willard's publications include a book of essays on writing, Telling Time (Harcourt Brace), two adult novels and eleven books of poetry, of which Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems (Knopf) is the most recent; her A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) was the first collection of poems to win the Newbery Medal (1982).
Leslie McGrath, head of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, reviews for Canadian Materials, Reviewing Librarian and Resource Links.
Jean Perrot founded the International Charles Perrault Institute for Children's Literature in 1994; he has organized numerous conferences on children's literature and recently edited the proceedings of the Tricentenaire Charles Perrault, les grand contes du XVII siècle et leur fortune littéraire (Paris: In Press,1998).
Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys by Beverly Lyon Clarkis published by Garland (1996).
Ruth Bottigheimer's most recent book is The Bible for Children: From the Age of Gutenberg to the Present (Yale University Press, 1996).
In 1997 Maurice Sendak was elected an honorary fellow of the Modern Language Association, the first time this distinction has been bestowed upon a creator of children's books.
New Research Fellowship in Children's Literature
The Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children's Literature, valued up to $5000 CDN per annum, invites proposals for research and scholarship using the resources of the University of New Brunswick's Children's Literature Collection. Proposals are welcomed from anyone who can provide evidence of competence and scholarly background and outline a practical and worthwhile project using the resources of the collection. Application forms from: Office of the Dean of Education, The University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B. Canada E3B 5A3. Deadline for application is 1 March of any year, with the fellowship to be awarded after 1 July of the same year.
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