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Lancashire Book of the Year awarded

25 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan sponsors children’s book prize

Children from across the county have gathered at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to celebrate the winner of the Lancashire Book of the Year award.

Over 200 schoolchildren met the authors of ten shortlisted books that were voted for by year nine students from twelve high schools around the county.

From an original list of 98 titles, the books were shortlisted to a final ten before Torn by David Massey was declared the winner. The Lancashire Book of the Year Award, sponsored by UCLan, is now in its 27th year – making it the longest running regional book award in the country.

Talking about his book which features a young army medic working in Afghanistan, David Massey commented: “I’m extremely pleased to win this award, particularly as it’s one of few that are decided by the people who actually read the books. I’m honoured to receive this prize and I’m glad the young readers have found something they can relate to in my book.”

“I’m extremely pleased to win this award, particularly as it’s one of few that are decided by the people who actually read the books.”

Helen Day, a Senior Lecturer in Children's Literature and Course Leader for MA Writing for Children at UCLan, headed up the judging panel that chose the winner from the final nominees.

She said: “We are delighted to sponsor this award which demonstrates the passion and commitment of the young people throughout Lancashire to literature. The quality of writing and creativity in all of the shortlisted novels was extremely high and I offer my congratulations to a very worthy winner.”

The fiction titles covered a wide range of genres from fantasy to hard-hitting realism. There were well-known authors such as Joseph Delaney, alongside first time authors Teri Terry and C J Daugherty. They were expertly reviewed by hundreds of avid readers.

Nathan Power, 13, from Bishop Rawstorne C of E Academy in Croston said: “I’m a keen reader and it’s exciting to know I’ve played a part in picking the winner of a writing competition. It took me just 21 days to read all ten books.”

“We are delighted to sponsor this award which demonstrates the passion and commitment of the young people throughout Lancashire to literature.”

Lancashire Book of the Year award

Hamzah Abbas, a 14-year-old pupil from Corpus Christi High School in Preston, added: “I’ve read all of the shortlisted books and I’m looking forward to meeting the authors and finding out where their ideas came from.”

The Lancashire Book of the Year Award continues to grow from strength to strength and remains one of the few book awards in the country in which young people themselves are solely responsible for choosing both the shortlist and the overall winning book.

The Award is administered by Lancashire County Council and is sponsored by UCLan.