Firstly, my final visit of the year was at Croydon High School for Girls.
This was a great opportunity to work with some exceptionally talented girls. I was well-looked after by the school's librarian and teachers, and, again, was very impressed by the students' high abilities. A great way to end the year! Thanks, everyone!
I was delighted to have been asked to compere the Sussex Schools Amazing Book Awards at Shoreham academy in Shoreham,West Sussex.
The shortlist was so strong: Teri Terry for Slated, Anne Cassidy for Dead Time, Ed Hogan for Daylight Saving, J.M. Browne for Wolfe Blood and Sam Hawksmoor for The Repossession.
The event was well attended by students, teachers and parents, and it was hard to believe it was only the second year the event was run. It was a fabulous night, with Teri Terry taking the first prize, as voted for by the students of dozens of Sussex Schools.
The event, (as well as a few proseccos to celebrate Teri's win!) made for an exceptional evening to round off the school year.
Congrats to the shortlisted writers and to Teri--and thanks again to the brilliant librarians who organised the event!