Sheffield Children's Book Award
A nice line-up, although, if I am honest I haven't ready many at all. A few big names; Chris Riddell for Ottoline at Sea, David Walliams for Billionaire Boy, Terry Deary for Put Out the Light and Malorie Blackman for Boys Don't Cry. I'd like to mention a few local authors; Kevin Brooks for iBoy, Caryl Hart for Rhino, What Rhino and Alex T Smith for Egg.
But for me it is hard to look at anything except David Almond for My Name is Mina, a beautiful, beautiful tale, which I wrote about this time last year.
Off the Shelf Festival 2011
Like the book award, the festival has a real mix of interesting stuff;
- Gangs of Sheffield with Andy Messer
- Let’s Celebrate! With Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy
- Meet the Author G P Taylor
- Nick Arnold’s Horrible Science Show
- Seeing Stars: Launch of the Sheffield Simon Armitage Soundscape
- Write Away with the WEA
- Crystal Set
- Goat Boy and Other Journeys with Fay Musselwhite, Susannah Gent, Linda Lee Welch, The Only Michael
- How to Create an Animated Show with Curtis Jobling
- Game for Poetry
- Graphic Art Workshop with Nick Hayes (he designed the great festival programme cover)
I also notice a nice project A City Reads, mapping the books that have inspired the people off Sheffield. Pick up a programme and get involved.