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Lancashire bookworms celebrate

11 July 2014

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan sponsored event sees local schoolchildren choose Cat Clarke’s Undone as the county’s Book of the Year

Shortlisted author Rachel Ward with year nine pupils from across the county at the Lancashire Book of the Year award ceremony.

Youngsters from across the county have joined together to celebrate the winner of the Lancashire Book of the Year award.

Hundreds of pupils from 12 high schools from around the region recently attended the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to meet some of the authors of the 10 shortlisted books that were voted for by the year nine students.

From an original list of 76 titles, a selection of young judges came together in February to choose the shortlist. Since then a panel of 24 pupils, together with the chair of the judging sessions, Arts Development Manager Russell Tennant, read and appraised each of the 10 shortlisted books.

“It's especially wonderful to win an award that's voted for by teenage readers, and I'd like to thank those readers for taking the time to read and consider the shortlisted books.”

Cat Clarke’s Undone was then declared the winner at the Lancashire Book of the Year event. She said: “I couldn't be more delighted that Undone has won the Lancashire Book of the Year award, against such stiff competition. It's especially wonderful to win an award that's voted for by teenage readers, and I'd like to thank those readers for taking the time to read and consider the shortlisted books.”

At the event, four of the shortlisted authors, James Dawson, Annabel Pitcher, Rachel Ward and Imogen Howson, spoke about their books and their experience of writing. They also answered questions from the book fanatics.

The Award, sponsored by UCLan, is now in its 28th year – making it the longest running regional book award in the country. The Lancashire Book of the Year Award remains one of the few book awards where young people themselves are solely responsible, not only for choosing the overall winner, but for selecting the shortlist as well.