Salford Crowned It's 2018 Literacy Hero at 15th Annual Book Award

29th March 2018

130 school children met five leading authors.

An exciting annual reading event for Salford high schools took place on 16th March, at The Lowry, to announce this year’s winner of the Salford Children’s Book Award

Over 130 11-14-year-olds from 13 schools across Salford got to meet their literary icons, with five out of the six shortlisted authors attending plus host, comedian and author James Campbell at the 15th Salford Children’s Book Award.

The 2018 winner was Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock, who said:

“I am really shocked to have won. Thank-you so much to all the children that voted, I am amazed.” Fleur was presented with her award by Natalie Houston and Maisie Broderick, both aged 12 from St Patrick’s RC High School in Eccles. The pupils went on stage and presented their view of Fleur’s book and why they voted for it in front of Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Peter Connor, and Councillor Ann-Marie Humphreys.

Maisie Broderick, said:

“It was really great to meet Fleur as we love her work”.

Natalie Houston said:

“I really enjoyed meeting Fleur and also the event’s host James Campbell. He’s very funny and they both inspire us.”

Sarah Spence, Director of Libraries and Culture at Salford Community Leisure, said:

“We are delighted that this year’s winner is Fleur Hitchcock for her book Murder in Midwinter which is a thrilling, fast-paced read and we thank the shortlisted authors who attended the event and further inspired our young readers in attendance.

“For 15 years, Salford Schools’ Library Service has been encouraging pupils in Salford High Schools to love reading through the Salford Children’s Book Award.  We aim to continue to inspire and engage our young people by providing the most diverse range of reading materials possible as we believe that reading different types of literature can really enhance learning, vocabulary and general knowledge.”

The Salford Children’s Book Award, which is run by Salford Schools’ Library Service, is designed to introduce high school pupils in Salford to a wide range of books and authors, to promote that reading is fun and enhance literary development.

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