Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2013.

I was asked to perform at the City Hall in Sheffield on the 28th of November by Jane Clare and Jennie who are some of the AMAZING librarians to be found in Sheffield.

This was a very big event, with what looked like 700 children (or even more!) and grown ups all sitting in the main hall in Sheffield where I have been many times to see bands and comedians (Led Zepplin in 1969, WOWSERS!!!) but only once before have I performed there and that was Long Long Ago.

The event was hosted by Tricia Cooper from Radio Sheffield who was Simply Lovely and made all the audience feel comfortable and right at home. It is a very big place the City Hall but Tricia soon got everyone involved and there was a lot of clapping and lots of foot stomping too! The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Vickie Priestly was there as well, showing a fantastic support for this important event. This was the 25th Awards ceremony from Sheffield so there was a lot of silver around the place!

Of course,there were loads of famous writers like Marcus Sedgewick there and and illustrators too, plus some of the publishers. I mean it was a really big event.

Anyway I performed some poems; they were The Worst Place To Find An Alien, Pirate Stomp and Mr.Moore. To hear so many people joining in with the choruses was really awesome and exciting. I had a headset mic and everything, and a HUGE stage to leap about on. I mean TRIPLE WOWSERS!!!!

As you can see, I really really REALLY enjoyed the whole experience!

Here are the results.

Overall Winner

Tom Gates – Everything’s Amazing (sort of) by Liz Pichon

Picture Book

Pigeon Poo by Elizabeth Baguley and Mark Chambers

Shorter & Longer Novel

Tom Gates – Everything Amazing (sort of) by Liz Pichon

Young Adult Category

Wonder by R J Palace

Highly Commended

Picture Book

Socks by Elizabeth Lindsay & Nick Sharratt

Shorter & Longer Novel

My Hamster is a Genius by Dave Lowe.  Illustrated by Mark Chambers

Young Adult Category

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher


Picture Book

Jumblebum by Chae Strathie & Ben Court

Shorter & Longer Novel

Fright Forest by Marcus Sedgewick.  Illustrated by Pete Williamson

Young Adult

Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed

So there you are, great big dollops of great books for you to read.

A very exciting day!

THANKYOU FOR ASKING ME ALONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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