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News: Young People Meet And Greet Their Favourite Author

Thursday, 16th June 2004
(PR 1410)

Young people from Lancashire will play host to an up and coming author from the "new wave" of writers.

Chris Wooding will be visiting County Hall to meet the young people who made his novel "Poison" the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year 2004.

The author will be chatting to the young people, who are from schools all over Lancashire, at the event which is in its 18th year and will be webcast live on the morning of Saturday June 19.

When "Poison", which is a fantasy novel, was voted the winner, the young people telephoned the novelist direct from the finals which were also webcast live.

The 27-year-old author, who was born in the Midlands and is now based in London, said: "Very cool to win. I had no idea if I'd won until my phone rang!"

A group of 12 teenagers voted for the much coveted award from a shortlist of 10 novels, but about 400 Year Nine pupils all over Lancashire had already ploughed their way through a staggering 107 books which were nominated by publishers.

Lancashire County Council's Young People's Manager for libraries, Jean Wolstenholme, said: "It is heartening to see the enthusiasm and discerning nature the young people bring to reading and reviewing so many books."

"This is the first time we've webcast the finals and the presentation to make sure all the young people who were involved can enjoy the event as well as those who are attending County Hall."

The webcast can be viewed at www.cboy.lancashire.gov.uk

Notes for editors:

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the event at County Hall on Saturday June 19 between 10.30am and 11am.

Arrive at the County Hall Pitt Street reception and ask for Jean Wolstenholme or Jake Hope.

For media enquiries only please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521

jane.bullock@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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