Friday, November 15, 2013

Sufiya Ahmed talks about the forthcoming Book Award ceremony

Here's a lovely quote from a recent interview between Suyiya and Pen Heaven

"Are you looking forward to the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards? How do you feel about the other shortlisted authors?"
I’m really looking forward to the Book Awards and feel very honoured to be on the shortlist with some great authors.

Thanks Sufiya! You can find out more about Sufiya Ahmed and Secrets of the Henna Girl by visiting her blog:

The full interview with lots of information about Sifiya's inspiration for Secrets of the Henna Girl can be found here;

The Wicked Young Writers Award

The Wicked Young Writers Award 2013/14 has been launched. The award is spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo and aims to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and to help develop writing talent in young people aged five to 25 years.
The 2013/14 Wicked Young Writers' Award is now open for entries and will run until Spring 2014. Writing can include any style from poetry to prose and there are five age categories: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-14 years, 15-17 years and 18-25 years. 
Winners from each of the four categories will be announced and will receive a certificate signed by Michael Morpurgo and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the Wicked Young Writers' Award Anthology and £50 books/eBooks tokens to spend, as well as £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children's Books. Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a school group.

The Award is championed by Patron Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. Assisting Michael Morpurgo with the judging process will be Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED, and Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust, and Dean Atta, acclaimed poet and playwright.