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Audience With Favourite Author


News: Audience With Favourite Author

Tuesday, 22nd June 2004
(PR 1417)

Young people from Lancashire enjoyed an audience with their favourite author.

Chris Wooding visited County Hall to meet the teenagers who made his novel "Poison" the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year 2004.

The author chatted to the young people, who were from schools all over Lancashire, at the event which is in its 18th year and was webcast live.

The 27-year-old author of the fantasy novel "Poison", 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.

The University of Central Lancashire sponsored the event.

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."

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Communications and Cultural Services, CC Marcus Johnstone, said:

"We are always thrilled to see that reading is still so important to young people.

"Their views on the novels they voted for were well thought out and the presentation event provided them with a great opportunity to quiz an up and coming author."

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

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


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