Welcome to 2019’s Awards

After months of reading, planning and preparing, the moment has come – the Awesome Book Awards 2019 Shortlist has been announced. And, what a tremendous shortlist it is this year. We have really enjoyed reading the shortlisted 5 books and hope you do too.  From navigating the perils of social media to taking flight on […]

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5 Questions for Lucy Strange

Where did you write The Secret of Nightingale Wood? I was living in Dubai when I started writing The Secret of Nightingale Wood, and I was very homesick. I think my love of the English countryside and a feeling of nostalgia are both very evident in the content of the story and the style in […]

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5 Questions for Christian O’Connell

Where did you write Radio Boy? At home and in my shed. No I really did go to my shed and write. It’s a very nice shed. I would also suddenly get ideas during my radio show and write them into my phone. Who is your favourite character in Radio Boy and why? That’s a […]

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5 Questions for Lisa Thompson

Where did you write The Goldfish Boy? In lots of different places! Sometimes I wrote at a little desk in my bedroom, but mostly I sat at our kitchen table within reach of the biscuits. I also used to take my laptop to my son’s football training and write in the car. Occasionally I’d get […]

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5 Questions for Sylvia Bishop

This month, we caught up with Sylvia Bishop, author of Erica’s Elephant to find out a little more about her writing process and the advice she gives to young writers. Where did you write Erica’s Elephant? When I wrote Erica’s Elephant, I was still a full time student, and I was meant to be writing a […]

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5 Questions for Peter Bunzl

This month, we caught up with Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart to find out a little more about his writing and about his favourite character in the book. Where did you write Cogheart? Mostly I write on the computer in my office at home. Sometimes I go with my laptop to write in a coffee shop […]

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Awesome Book Awards 2017

Hundreds of young readers from across the South East gathered together for a celebration of children’s fiction in the first ever Awesome Book Awards prize-giving on 4th May 2017. Ross Welford won the top prize for his first children’s novel Time Travelling with a Hamster. Ross was presented with his prize by internationally renowned children’s […]

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5 Questions for Katherine Woodfine

Where did you write The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow? I wrote the book in all kinds of different places – sometimes at home, or sometimes out and about in cafes, libraries or even on the train home from work! In particular, I spent time working at the British Library, where I did lots of […]

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5 Questions for Martyn Ford

Where did you write The Imagination Box? I wrote the majority of it at home, at a desk in my room. However, I also sometimes sneak into work (a newspaper office) at the weekend and write in there. It’s nice and quiet. Although sometimes the cleaner comes in and, for a terrible moment, I think […]

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5 Questions for Ross Welford

Where did you write Time Travelling with a Hamster? I first started writing it when I lived in Sweden, but I didn’t really get going till I moved back to London.  There are two main places I write: in my office in my home in London and, when I need to have no interruptions, I have […]

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