Welcome to the Home Page of the Doncaster Book Award!
As ever, we’ve got a fabulous programme of exciting events and activities that will keep you reading, reviewing and most importantly enjoying books right through till April. The DBA has an historical theme this year, and we’ll help you to ‘Discover Doncaster’ in a unique and fun way, and get a ‘horrible history’- style view of Doncaster’s rich and varied past.
Join us on Tuesday 21st April 2015 for what promises to be an unforgettable finale to this year’s awards.
Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 presenter and author of Itch and Itch Rocks, will be there to collect his 2014 Doncaster Book Award and to talk all about how he writes such thrilling adventures.
On top of all of this, there will be performances on stage by children involved with Talegate Theatre’s touring workshops and, of course, the announcements of this year’s winning books, as voted for by the children of Doncaster!
Simon Mayo needs to be back at the studio to present his afternoon show, so we’ve got an early start this year. Be at Cast by 9:30am on Tuesday 21st April and you’ll be sure of a fast-paced, entertaining ride guaranteed to enthuse everyone there!
The shortlists for the 2014-15 Doncaster Book Award have been announced!
|Secondary Shortlist||Primary Shortlist|
Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 February 2015 (half term), Little Theatre
Two days of Horrible History-style drama workshops based on Discover Doncaster! and led by James and Talegate Theatre.
30 December 2014,
10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.,
Workshop and performance based on Robin Hood, led by James and Talegate Theatre.
1, 2 December 2014
Doncaster students from four schools were given a Pre-Christmas treat when thanks to the Doncaster Book Award the hilariously funny and very talented illustrator, Liz Million, wowed them with her drawing tips and skills!
Over 500 excited students enjoyed the launch of the 11th DBA, including special guests James Worthington from Talegate Theatre, the DBA's very own Phil Sheppard, illustrator Liz Million and author and animator Curtis Jobling.
As ever, our booklists have something for everyone, from the humour of World of Norm - May Need Re-booting by Jonathan Meres, and Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs to the eerie horror of William Hussey’s Haunted and the nail-biting excitement of Chris Bradford’s Bodyguard:Ransom. Check out our full list of titles on our Booklists page. You’ll find endearing animals, sinister criminal organisations, football, pirates, zombies, Victorian railways and even Robin Hood! Not to be missed!
Our programme of events will include author and illustrator events, including our launch with the wonderful Curtis Jobling and Liz Million. There will be theatre workshops in schools with James Worthington and the Talegate Theatre Company, a ‘Panto in a day’ in the Christmas holidays and unique half-term workshops on our ‘Discover Doncaster’ theme. View all our events and activities on our Events page.
Want to get involved? It couldn’t be easier. Speak to your teacher or librarian and see if your school is taking part. Don’t worry, if they are not, you can still read and review the books and find out what’s happening by checking our Events page on the website. You, the reader are firmly in charge, so get reading and share your views and opinions on our review pages. Remember, no adult gets a say and your votes alone will decide our shortlist and eventual winners.
Secretary, Doncaster Book Award
I'm a True Reader, an animation created by Doncaster Book Award participants during a two-day workshop in February 2014, has been nominated for an award at the Bradford Animation Festival. The award, for "Best Film By Young Animators", will be presented on 22 November 2014 at the National Media Museum at BAF 2014, the UK's biggest animation festival.
The animation features a song written and performed by the participating children, as well as character and scenes animated during the workshops - all with the purpose of getting people reading!
The winners of the 2013-14 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our fantastic finale event at CAST on Thursday 3rd April. Authors Chris Bradford and Jonathan Meres were present to help announce the winners, who are:
The author of I am Still Not a Loser sent the following message on hearing he had won the "Director" category:
When I heard my book had been voted the winner in the Primary category of the Doncaster Book Award, I was so excited my pyjama bottoms fell down. Off the back of the chair they were hanging over in my bedroom. I was next door in the kitchen wearing my trousers. Which also fell down.
Me and all my clothes are comperleeterly thrilled.— Barry Loser/Jim Smith
The following secondary schools are taking part in the 2014-2015 Doncaster Book Award:
The following primary/junior schools are taking part in 2014-2015. We hope that they enjoy reading the books, having their say on the website, and, of course, voting!
If any other schools are interested, they should contact Lyn Hopson via Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College.
If your school isn’t involved, don’t despair, you can still get the books in the local public libraries and can vote using the boxes in Waterstones in the Frenchgate centre.