Haringey’s Children’s Book Award 2017
Thursday 27 April 2017
On 24 April, Heartlands High School ran another successful Haringey Children’s Book Award (HCBA) 2017. Organised in collaboration between Haringey school librarians and Collage Arts, the HCBA 2017 saw 20 schools coming together to engage in reading and discussing books, meeting authors and voting on their favourites.
Each shortlisted author ran an interactive writing workshop, followed by a book-signing and finishing with the award ceremony itself, which included contributions from MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Catherine West, alongside the Deputy Mayor for London and Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanna McCartney.
This year’s winner was Belfast author Christine Hamill for ‘The Best Medicine’. Based on her own experience of breast cancer, Hamill wrote this humorous story focusing on a young boy and how he coped with his mother’s diagnosis.
“I’m so grateful to win the award and to see schemes like this take place… it’s wonderful to see so many young people actively engaged in such a wonderful habit and getting stuck into a good book.”
Local authors SF Said (2016 winner), Piers Torday, Emer Stamp and Jennifer Killick were also in attendance alongside representatives from Booktrust, Haringey Libraries and Haringey Council, Books for Keeps, Big Green Education and the bookstall was supplied by Pickled Pepper Books. Workshops were sponsored by an Arts Council grant via Collage Arts.
Executive Head of Heartlands High School, Simon Garrill said:
We are delighted to host the Haringey Children's Book Award for the third year running. It’s a brilliant event made special by all the schools, the children and especially the authors that make it happen.
Shortlisted author A F Harold noted:
The impact this kind of work has on the children is profound. Changing the perception of literature among children is so important, especially giving them contemporary novels with different themes from those which they might be used to. I think it’s fantastic you get to meet the authors after reading their work - something I didn’t have back when I was at school. It’s inspiring to kids who want to pursue the arts and who want to see that you can make a living from this!