Events 2017-18

Details of events past and future relating to the 2017-18 Award can be found below.

You can also view our archive of events from earlier years.

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Dance WorkshopFabulous Free Dance Workshop on offer this half-term!

We are delighted to offer your children the opportunity to take part in a rap/street dance-based workshop on Monday, 28th May at the Dance Studio, CAST Theatre, Waterdale, led by dance master Chloe.

Meet author and illustrator Viviane Schwarz

We have a fantastic day of book-filled fun on offer for you on Tuesday, 12th June at Doncaster Dome!

The morning will be our first-ever event aimed at younger children and celebrating the joy of picture books. Our special guest will be the wonderful author and illustrator Viviane Schwarz!

Poetry Slam with Paul Cookson

The second half of our book-filled fun day on Tuesday, 12th June includes a Poetry Slam with DBA favourite Paul Cookson.

Following his triumph at our launch in October, Paul is back in Doncaster with an event aimed primarily at years 5 – 9, which will involve lots of noise, excitement and audience participation!

Debi EvansIt's no secret - Debi and Rolo mean fun for young readers!

Between 11th and 15th June 2018, Doncaster Book Award has invited the wonderful Secret Adventures of Rolo author Debi Evans to visit some of our local schools and to take part in our next big DBA event on 12th June. Debi will be doing a series of school visits to talk about her books and especially her main character, the cheeky and fabulous Jack Russell Rolo. AND we’re giving you a not-to-be-missed chance to win a free visit from Debi for your school.

Check out our Competitions page here on the website for full details of our re-launched KS2 poetry competition. Every school who sends in an entry will be automatically entered into the draw to win a visit from Debi. Last entries by 18th May, so don’t delay, start writing today!!



Guest Speakers at our Fantastic 2018 FinaleBooks defeat the ‘Beast from the East’ on World Book Day in Donny

Thursday 1st March 2018, The Dome, Doncaster

Extreme temperatures, biting winds, icy roads and multiple school closures combined were not able to halt the celebrations as World Book Day’s ‘Big Book Tour’ came to Doncaster. In a tribute to the power of books, and determined not to miss the opportunity to see so many of their favourite authors, nearly 350 parents and children from 20 local schools braved the snow and ice to join us in a fantastic celebration of the joy of story.

View our full report and photos

Vlogging WorkshopSecond Vlogging Workshop

Our hugely enjoyable vlogging workshop was held for a second time in January 2018. Hosted by St Peter's Catholic Primary, the workshop was run very enthusiastically by members of Talegate Theatre, and the pupils attending shared their enthuasiasm.

View full report, photos and our first three video blogs!

Panto in a DaySnow Stoppers Travel to a Narnia Winter Wonderland

Panto in a Day with Talegate Theatre Company, Friday 29th December 2017

On a very cold and snowy Friday morning a group of stalwart Doncaster Book Award followers braved the elements and arrived at the Doncaster Little Theatre for our annual “Panto in a Day”.

View our report and photos from the Panto in a Day event

Anthony McGowanBrock, Pike, Rook, Fall... It's All About Anthony at Armthorpe!

Wednesday 22 November 2017

As part of participating in the Doncaster Book Award, Armthorpe Academy hosted a visit by the highly acclaimed YA and children's author Anthony McGowan. Mexborough Academy and Hallcross Academy joined Armthorpe year 7 students to meet the author and to listen to him tell them about his books and how he became a writer.

View our report and photos from the Anthony McGowan event

Chris Mould and Matt HaigHo! Ho! Ho! Matt Haig and Chris Mould are back for more!

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Back by popular demand, this autumn the DBA were once again proud to welcome the wonderful Matt Haig and Chris Mould!

To celebrate Father Christmas and Me, the latest book in their highly successful A Boy Called Christmas series, the dynamic duo appeared at St Peter's Primary School, Doncaster.

Read our report and photos from the Matt Haig and Chris Mould event

Vlogging WorkshopVlogging Workshop: A Fun Friday's Filming at The Point

Friday 3rd November 2017

This autumn half term, The Point Arts Centre was the venue for a brand new and exciting ‘Vlogging’ workshop to help launch our new ‘Reading Champions’ project.

Full Report and Photos from the Vlogging Workshop

Andy Stanton's Visit to Doncaster'Amazing Mr Gum' author Andy Stanton visited Doncaster!

Monday 23rd October 2017

The DBA was thrilled to receive a visit from the wonderful Andy Stanton, creator of Mr Gum.

Report and Photos from Andy Stanton's visit

Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson with pupils on the big red sofaLaunch Event with Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson

Our DBA launch event on 18th October was the biggest ever, with over 1500 children taking part in a fun-filled celebration of poetry, pictures and stories at the Doncaster Dome with our special guests Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson.

Full Report and Photos from the 2017-18 Launch Event

Read an article about the launch on the Gingerbread House home educators' blog

Much more to come!

Keep checking back regularly for full details of our other events in 2017-18. In the meantime, why not check out all our fantastic events from last year?

Huge queue for signing

The new home of the Doncaster Book Award is the Doncaster Dome! Here we will be able to cater for a much larger audience... now whole year groups can be accommodated! Interested schools are invited to contact lynnecoppendale(аt) to find out more.


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