Slated at the Rotherham Book Awards!

I had a marvelous time last Wednesday at the Rotherham Book Awards. Slated was on the shortlist in the teen read category.

 

It was held at the Rotherham NY stadium! We didn't quite fill the stadium but were in a large function room overlooking it, instead. This is what was out the window:

I was there in the morning, which featured the teen reads and upper categories. The teen reads (yr 10 -11) shortlist was:

  • Dodger, by Terry Pratchett
  • Secrets of the Henna Girl, by Sufiya Ahmed
  • Freaks, by by Kieran Larwood
  • Slated

And the upper (yr 7 - 9) shortlist: 

  • Gods and Warriors, by Michelle Paver
  • Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus, by Kate O'Hearn
  • Metawars, by Jeff Norton
  • The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas, by David Almond

The authors who came along:

From left we are: Sufiya Ahmed, Kate O'Hearn, me, and Dorothy Smith (Director of Schools and Lifelong Learning, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council)
From left we are: Sufiya Ahmed, Kate O'Hearn, me, and Dorothy Smith (Director of Schools and Lifelong Learning, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council)

 

The morning began with a marketplace, with booksellers including Diane and Gemma from Gemma Books (they have loads of signed copies of Slated and Fractured I did for them at the end, too), us authors talking to students and signing books/notebooks/bits of paper/pretty much anything and everything. And there were displays of amazing alternative covers and creative work to admire.

 

And then everyone had a seat, and we heard some more about the book awards, and students prizes for writing, poetry and covers.

 

Then the authors each said a few words...

One day I must learn how to talk and smile at the same time...
One day I must learn how to talk and smile at the same time...

I usually get really nervous before I speak in front of loads of people - not this time! I think it was because the way the morning was structured. As I looked across the audience, everywhere I saw smiling, friendly and enthusiastic students I'd been chatting with earlier. It felt like talking to a big bunch of friends, like the ones below: lovely!

Charlotte on the left and Hollie on the right: thanks to Hollie for the photo!
Charlotte on the left and Hollie on the right: thanks to Hollie for the photo!

And then, came the moment: who won?

 

Jeff Norton won in the upper category for Metawars. And Slated did for Teen Reads: hurrah!

 

One of these to take home:

 

 

Comments: 4 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Charlie Yates (Friday, 06 September 2013 23:31)

    Hi Teri Terry. My name is Charlie and I was at the Rotherham Childrens Book Awards and I have just this minuite finished Slated. I have cancelled all plans for tomorrow so my agenda now reads: 10:00-12:00 go out and buy Fractured 12:01-23:59 read Fractured. It was really nice to meet you and I have your autograph on my wall currently. I am so sad that I will have to wait a whole year just abouts to read Shattered but it is a great series and will be worth the wait.

  • #2

    teriterry (Monday, 16 September 2013 09:50)

    Hi Charlie, how wonderful, thank you so much! And it isn't really a whole year to Shattered, it is less than 6 months now - out on 6th March.

  • #3

    Hollie (Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:24)

    Hi Teri, I remembered you asking for the photo and so I thought I'd look for the post you used it in. Thank you for using it and relating to me and Charlotte as your friends:) going out today to look for some new books to put me on until shattered, any ideas? :)

  • #4

    teriterry (Friday, 04 October 2013 10:29)

    Hi Hollie, thanks for letting me use the photo! And there are so many great books out there (and you've probably gone and picked some already by now!). Some new books - how about Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones? Or Shine by Candy Gourlay (persist with this one, the story is amazing).