It's 25 years ago today that the six-Oscar-winning Forrest Gump was released in cinemas in Los Angeles, with the film going on general release across the USA two weeks later over Independence Day weekend.
Arts & Culture
Elizabeth Acevedo has become the first writer of color to win the Carnegie medal award in its 83-year history. Acevedo won the prestigious children’s book award for her debut novel, The Poet X. Acevedo, which revolves around a Dominican girl, Xiomara, who finds comfort when she joins the slam poetry club at her school in Harlem. Head of the jury, Alison Brumwell, described the novel as, “a searing, unflinching exploration of culture, family and faith within a truly innovative verse structure”.