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Mad Hatters and March Hares Rule at the Doncaster Book Awards 2012-2013

Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Cusworth Hall

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Our finale event was held on Friday 7th June at Cusworth Hall. Like last year it was another warm sunny day and was attended by over 350 pupils from Doncaster schools. Everyone had a fantastic time. The children were treated to four different workshops before returning to the marquee for a performance by the Talegate Theatre Company, plus the announcement of the winning books, and a talk by one of the winning authors.

The workshops entailed two sessions by the amazing Talegate Theatre Company which taught the pupils songs to sing in their performance later that morning, a story telling session by local author, teacher and DBA committee member Phil Sheppard, and the final one was run by Doncaster Library Service, explaining the Summer Reading game, activities at local libraries and encouraging membership of the library.

Cathy Cassidy

The Award was changed slightly this year from one category to three categories, including March Hares (Primary), Mad Hatters (Secondary) and Classics. The winner of the March Hares was Liz Pichon’s Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of). Cathy Cassidy won the Mad Hatters with Summer’s Dream and John Boyne won the Classics with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Liz and John couldn’t attend, but both sent videos (see below) thanking the children for voting for them. Cathy Cassidy was the author who attended the event and was thrilled to win.

Teapot Competition

There was a competition for the best teapot, and there were some amazing entries! Well done to everyone who entered. The winning teapot was chosen by Cathy Cassidy, and was won by Montague Primary School in Mexborough.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The day ended with a Mad Hatter’s tea party! The children all brought a picnic and were given a cupcake for attending. These were given out by the lads from Doncaster Rovers Foundation, which is part of Doncaster Rovers Football Club and designed to work in the community promoting education. Cathy Cassidy signed books during this time and everyone went back to school happy! It was another great day and plans are already going ahead for next year’s award – with an imaginative new theme that engages and inspires reading in Doncaster.

A Video Message From Liz Pichon

A Video Message From John Boyne

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