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Flash (Fiction)! Woooo, Enter Now!

29 May

It’s nearly that time – 31 May, that is: the next edition of Book It!, and the closing date for our ‘Flash Fiction’ competition.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, ‘flash fiction’ refers to very short fiction. In the case of the Book It! competition, “very short” means no less than 150 words, and no more than 1,000. The author of the winning story will be invited to appear on a future edition of the show, and to read their award-winning entry.

For more information about the competition, go to the Sine FM website . Good luck, and happy writing!

Sheila North

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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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