Brilliant Book Awards 10 year celebration

Published 29th November 2016

Inspire’s Education Library Service will be celebrating 10 years of the Brilliant Book Award at Mansfield Central Library with the 2016 winning author Kim Slater.

The Education Library Service is part of Inspire who deliver culture, learning and libraries in Nottinghamshire. The service offers schools a cost effective way to buy books to support the curriculum and promote reading for pleasure.

Nottingham based author Kim, will be presented with the prize for her book ‘Smart’, which was voted as the 2016 winner of the Brilliant Book Award.  Students in participating schools in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire read all of the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite title.
Also at Thursday’s event which will be attended by around 80 students from schools across the county including Manor Academy, Mansfield and Rushcliffe School, West Bridgford;

  • The shortlist for the 2017 Brilliant Book Awards will be announced.
  • The winning design of the Brilliant Book Award bookmark by Josie of Rushcliffe School will be unveiled – and given to all students. 
  • Nottingham based author and winner of the 2013 brilliant Book Award, Paula Rawsthorne will also be there to celebrate the milestone of ten years.
  • Kim Slater will be introducing her latest book ‘The Seven Letter Word’.
Paul Gregson, School Librarian from Chilwell School commented; “Chilwell School has been doing the Brilliant Book Awards since its inception, 10 years ago. During the BBA, pupils become more enthusiastic about reading books they would not normally attempt to read and they all get better at review writing, which is a useful skill for English”

Rachel Marshall, Development Librarian at the Education Library Service commented;

“Over the last ten years we have celebrated the work of so many wonderful authors through the Brilliant Book Awards.  We are really proud to involve schools and students from the initial nominations through to the voting stage where they vote for their favourite book to decide who will be the winner. We are particularly excited to be celebrating ten years of the award, in this our first year as Inspire – and with a Nottingham based author as the winner of this wonderful award”.

The event is sponsored by The Bookcase, an independent bookshop in Lowdham.

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