Latymer Upper, who hosted our inaugural ceremony, has put together all the photos on a Flikr stream, which can be viewed here. The photo on the left is from the author Q&A session and features (from left to right), Paul Dowswell, Judith Kerr, Michael Morpurgo, Lindy McKinnel (partner of Robert Westall), Bea Ballard (daughter of JG Ballard) and Elizabeth Wein.
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!
Eloise from Latymer Upper won one of the prizes for this beautiful piece of artwork about the Book Thief. It was quite remarkable, and certainly set the standard for the submissions next year. It was a pity that Markus Zusak didn’t get to see this in person, Eloise would have been so thrilled, but we all loved seeing it on the night. Well done Eloise!
The winner of the inaugural TSBA 2015 Junior Award was Michael Morpurgo for Private Peaceful.
The winner of the Senior Award was Markus Zusak for The Book Thief.
A separate account of the ceremony with photos will follow, but just to say that we were honoured to have Michael Morpurgo at the Awards in person to pick up his prize. Markus Zusak sent a message via his Publisher, Annie Eaton.