SMART wins Children’s Writing Prize at the East Mids Book Awards 2015!

Posted on July 1, 2015 in News & Events

A wonderful time was had by all at the fifth East Midlands Book Awards ceremony, held this year at the stunning Bromley House Library – a truly peaceful oasis in the centre of Nottingham.

My husband, Mac and my daughter, Francesca, were both there to support me for this fabulous award in my home city, so it did feel really special and exciting.

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I was lucky enough to be one of six shortlisted East Midlands authors up for a prize…and I did indeed get a wonderful prize…The Geoffrey Trease Prize 2015 for Children’s Writing!

I was shocked as a proud Nottinghamian, that I had not heard of Geoffrey Trease. We should ALL know who this amazing writer was so I’ve included a short bio at the end. **

On this scorching day, we arrived at Bromley House Library on Angel Row at 6pm for Pimms and nibbles in the peaceful and cool walled garden. Bromley House is nothing short of stunning. A Grade II listed townhouse, it still has many original Georgian features, fine paintings and furniture and a meridian line which is still operational…and I’ve not even mentioned the remarkable collection of BOOKS!! Bromley House Library runs regular tours and I would urge anyone yet to see this historic place to go very soon. You can find out more about this flourishing independent lending library here.

At 7 pm we moved inside and upstairs to the Reading Room for the ceremony proper.  All the shortlisted authors were introduced by the lovely Jacqueline Gabbitas from Writing East Midlands and we all gave a five minute reading of our respective books. Then it was time for the prizes to be announced by novelist, poet and judge, Blake Morrison.

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I was delighted to receive the Geoffrey Trease Children’s Prize and congratulations to DA Prince, who won the book award with ‘Common Ground’, her collection of poems.

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Back into the garden we went for drinks, chats and book signings…

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Signing a book above for cartwheeling queen Jenny and her brother James, whose Daddy, David Wilkinson, was also a shortlisted author!

Thank you to Bromley House Library and Writing East Midlands for a wonderful evening.

And finally, a big congratulations to all the shortlisted authors . . .

The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

Common Ground by D A Prince

The Astronaut the Cake and Tomorrow by Matt Sisson

Smart by Kim Slater

Towns in Britain by Jones the Planner (Adrian Jones and Chris Matthews)

We Bleed the Same by David Wilkinson

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** Geoffrey Trease was born in Nottingham on 11th August, 1909 to a merchant family.  He decided from an early age he would be a children’s writer and as a Nottingham High School student, wrote stories, poems and a three-act play. Geoffrey won a Classics scholarship to Oxford University and he wrote 113 books between 1934 and 1997 – his best-known book probably being Cue for Treason (1940). His work has been translated into 20 languages.

Trease quoted Boswell saying, ‘He who pleases children will be remembered with pleasure by men.’

Read this great Dawn of the Unread graphic story about Trease here.

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