Kids’ stuff: Doncaster Book Awards

26 May

Hello, and welcome to the very first blog for Book It!, a programme about books and writing which has been broadcast on Sine FM since January 201o.  Since that first edition, the show has allowed me to spend time with some of my favourite people: authors, writers, and librarians.

I met three authors, and lots of lovely librarians, yesterday (25 May) at the annual Doncaster Book Awards (DBA), which was held this year at Doncaster Athletic Stadium. It was a beautiful summer day for what proved to be a wonderful event for children and adults alike, as participating school children voted for their favourite book. Whilst we were waiting for the winner to be announced, the kids took part in a variety of events, each of which was tied in to one of the books. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to stand in a sunny stadium watching published authors judge zombie races, or children in bunny costumes try to hit shuttlecocks across a finish line (not easy in a strong breeze).

The kids had a great time, and showed great enthusiasm and creativity.  Congratulations to the kids, authors and organisers alike. A special thank you to DBA Chair Lesley Hurworth for inviting me to the event, and to authors Philip Ardagh (‘When Bunnies Turn Bad’), Tanya Landman (‘Poison Pen’), and Gareth P Jones (who won the 2011 DBA with ‘The Thornwaite Inheritance’) for agreeing to be interviewed.

And the winner? David Walliams, with ‘Billionaire Boy’.

 

Sheila North

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2 Responses to “Kids’ stuff: Doncaster Book Awards”

  1. aeh1 27/05/2012 at 04:46 #

    Sounds like a fantastic event and it’s brilliant that Book It! was there to pass news and views out to those who couldn’t be.

    Barnsley Writers would like to congratulate Book It! on its blog launch!

  2. sjn25 27/05/2012 at 06:01 #

    Cheers, Ann! Hoping to visit Barnsley Writers later this summer.

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