HOW TO WRITELast week at the We Read Book Award, a teenager asked me how one was supposed to write without any life experience. Sometimes, it's hard to express something through a keyboard, so I thought I'd answer the question with this video.
CALDERDALE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
|Selfie with the Calderdale librarians and fellow shortlistee Catherine Bruton (right)|
I'd heard lots of good things about the Calderdale prize from author friends who'd been shortlisted - such a well organised event, great kids, great librarians! Let me just say: it's all true!
The awards day looked like so much hard labour and yet it ran like clockwork! There must have been a lot of advance work for teachers, librarians and children, with schools reading and reviewing months ahead. The vote was done on the day but before the children met the authors (which meant there was no chance of bribery or threat).
|Left to right: Kevin Brooks, Catherine Bruton, Frances Hardinge and William Sutcliffe|
|William wins the trophy|
Many thanks to the librarians and teachers who make this event happen every year. And well done to the children who wrote reviews, read the books and cast their votes.
|And after the ceremonies, we retired into the staff offices to eat some more!|
THE WE READ PRIZE 2015The We Read Book Awards was set up in 2008 by the Brookwood Partnership and University College School. We Read invites young readers from schools all over North London to nominate a shortlist and then vote for a winner - check out the fantastic website.
|Another famous selfie! That's me and Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal) in the front, and in the back are Tereze Brikmane and Tamara Macfarlane of the bookshop Tales on Moon Lane, and C S Flood (Infinite Sky).|
|Tamara Macfarlane of that eponimous children's bookshop Tales on Moon Lane|
Sorry guys, I didn't win that one either. It was won by Ruta Sepetys. Congratulations, Ruta (she said with no trace of sour grapes in her typing).
|Sarwat Chadda signing autographs|
|Left to right: C J Flood, author of Infinite Sky, Martin Hitchcock, organiser of We Read, and Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal)|
So fantastic to meet the readers and answer very good questions about books and writing. A wonderful day.
NEW BOOKS ON THE BLOCK!June is a month for book launches and I have to give a shout out to friends who have just released their new titles:
|My lovely critique buddy, Joe Friedman, launched The Secret Dog, his sweet and heartwarming tale about a boy who keeps his dog a secret.|
|My other crit buddy, Cliff McNish, has just launched My Friend Twigs - about a girl's friendship with a cockatoo|