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Northern Ireland Book Award 2011/12 launches in RBAI library Print

Wednesday 16th November saw the launch of the third Northern Ireland Children’s Book Award in our beautiful Christ Church library. Nineteen of the twenty-six schools participating in the award came to the RBAI to discover which of their 60 plus nominations  had made it to the final eight titles on the short-list. The whacky ‘Ministry of Pandemonium’ by Chris Westwood – a sort of Harry Potter meets Stephen King made the cut as indeed did ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams. Historical novels, adventure stories and a science-fiction title were also included in the final eight books.

A literary Mastermind was held with Fergus McMullan 8J beating off fellow pupils James Ritchie (8J) and Daniel Taylor (10P) and the team from Bangor Grammar School to win the mega bar of chocolate on offer.

Irish author Oisin McGann was a superb guest speaker and had his young audience in fits of laughter. A great morning was had by all 180 participants who came from as far away as Keady, Strabane and Omagh. For those who would like to follow the NI book award please log on to www.nibookaward.org.uk  or contact Mrs Lindsay in the library.

 

Mrs Lindsay with RBAI literary mastermind contenders
RBAI literary Mastermind contenders James Ritchie, Fergus McMullan and Daniel Taylor with Mrs Lindsay

Fergus McMullan unfazed by his specialised subject in the NI Book Award launch
Fergus McMullan unfazed by his specialised subject in the NI Book Award launch

Oisin Mcgann entertains his huge audience at the launch of the NI Book Awards
Oisin Mcgann entertains his huge audience at the launch of the NI Book Awards

schools from all over N.I. come together for the launch
schools from all over N.I. come together for the launch

Oisin illustrates his work
Oisin illustrates his work

 
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