And the winners were…..

JRR tolkeinI hope you enjoyed the Ceremony – it was a very busy, and fun time.  There was so much to do -including uploading to the new Flikr feed – that announcing the winners on this website was a little delayed. So without further ado – the winner of the Junior Award was JRR Tolkien for The Hobbit, and for the Senior Award it was Douglas Adams for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

TolkienObviously, with both of our authors being deceased, nobody was present at the ceremony to get the prizes.  However, Julie Crisp, former editor at Pan MacMillan who worked on the rerelease of his books, sent us this moving tribute to Douglas Adams, which was read out, and which emphasized how his books have remained current today:

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‘It’s thrilling to hear that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has won the TSBA Senior Award and even more so that it was voted on by the students themselves. Considering the first book was published in the late 70s it’s a testament to the wit and wisdom of Douglas that these books are just as relevant, warm, funny and original to generations of readers today as they were when they were first published.  I, unfortunately, never got to work with Douglas but did get to look after the books and work on the new editions which were released in 2009. I’ve been a huge fan of the books since I was a child and discovered during my management of them that for readers like Russell T Davies, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry and even Elon Musk (one of the most influential tech people today and the inspiration for Marvel’s Tony Stark) the books and characters played a huge part in their teen years and hold a special place in their hearts.

Douglas was a visionary. He would have blown a gasket at modern technology today. And Adamswould, no doubt, have had a huge amount of fun on social media. He was not a natural writer – he really had to work at it. One of his most famous quotes is: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound as they make as they go by.”  He did not find writing easy. His creativeness was almost too much to be constrained on the page by words alone.  But he persevered. I love this quote from the man himself: “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”  It’s because of this self-deprecating humour, his energy, his dedication and his very clear and never-ending wonder at humanity and the universe that he left us the legacy of an enduring and engaging timeless series that will, hopefully, continue to delight new generations of readers well into the future.

 

 

Are you ready for the Ceremony?

March 9th is nearly on us – the day we all get to find out which of the books we have all been reading wins the prize this year!  And also, which students win our top reviews and top creative response prizes.  There have been some amazing creative responses – have a look at the individual book pages for responses to the books.  So I hope you are all ready to meet our three amazing authors – Matt Dickinson, Philip Reeve and Paul Dowswell.  There will be an author Q&A, so you will be able to ask questions about their books as well.  We are really looking forward to going – I do hope you are too.  See you all there – can’t wait!

Winner of the Junior Creative response – Nikolas’s composition

Nikolas from Latymer Upper stunned everyone at the awards by performing his original composition on the piano, which is a response to the book ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’.  Judith Kerr was in the audience, and she was so impressed that she asked for a copy of the composition to be sent to her – an enormous compliment for Nikolas.  Listen for yourself to him playing his beautiful composition with help from his talented friend Tianrun on violin. Both boys, you will be amazed to know, are only in Year 7 – a bright future is ahead for both of them!