Shrewbsury Bookfest defies the lockdown with online awards
With most children off school and no doubt suffering from boredom in the lockdown, reading can be a godsend as it allows kids to escape to other worlds, even when they're confined to four walls. This is why Shrewsbury Bookfest were determined to find a way to continue with their book awards, specialising in fiction for youngsters.
The Shropshire-based charity had to cancel its hugely anticipated awards ceremony for the Big Book Award 2020 at Theatre Severn on 23rd April, but instead have produced a film version for everyone to view via their website
All six shortlisted authors, which specialise in novels for nine to 11 year olds feature in the film, with performance poetry on their stories by the performance artist, Sara-Jane Arbury.
The awards shortlist includes Slick by MM Vaughan, Warrior by Gill Lewis, What’s That in Dog Years, by Ben Davis, My Parents Cancelled My Birthday by Jo Simmons, Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer and Malamander by Thomas Taylor. The overall winner is announced in the film.
“It’ll almost be like we are right there, together, in the theatre like we planned, but better,” says project coordinator, Joanna Hughes. “The awards ceremony can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone who has any link to or interest in children’s books and reading for pleasure.”
To view the film visit: www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk
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