Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A year in archives: collection highlights from 2016

Each year the document collection at Sheffield City Archives grows in size.  Last year we received around 900 boxes of archival material dating from the 16th century to the present day including legal documents, photographs, architectural plans, glass negatives, ancient deeds, watercolour paintings and digital files.  Each item reveals a bit more to us about Sheffield’s history.  What follows is a brief look at some of the collection highlights from 2016...
Two volumes were donated by a private individual relating to Hadfields Limited (National Projectile Factory), Sheffield detailing orders for high explosive shells during World War One.  The orders came from the Ministry of Munitions, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for War, the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, War Department, Washington DC, USA and the United States Government, Navy Department.  Almost all of the orders recorded in the two ledgers were made at the Hecla Works, the smaller of Hadfields’ two sites.  To give an idea of the volume of goods produced, the monthly peak in March 1916 (three months before the Battle of the Somme) was around £437,000 worth of orders - quite an extraordinary sum. (Sheffield City Archives: X752/1).

Sheffield City Council has historically owned various plots of land and buildings across the city, the deeds to which have been stored in The Deeds Registry in the basement of Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street.  In 2015, the Council began the process of voluntarily registering its ownership of land and property with the Land Registry.  Packages of unregistered deeds and documents were sent to the Land Registry for them to check the chain of ownership and prepare for a first registration.  Upon their return, the old prior deeds were no longer required as legal documents and were passed to Sheffield City Archives.  In 2016, we received over 100 boxes of these old title deeds, many dating back to the 1600s.  They cover ancient highways and byways, pubs and beerhouses, steam grinding wheels, cutlery works, music halls, dwellinghouses and more.  The oldest deed received so far dates from 1571 and describes ‘tenements on Snigg Hill leading from the Irish Cross to the West Barr’.  We expect hundreds more boxes to be transferred over the next few years. (Sheffield City Archives: CA778).

 A curious illuminated manuscript was donated to the Archives in November 2016.  It was an address, dated 1896, presented to James Melling of Throstle Grove, Pitsmoor by the Committee of the Sheffield Social Questions League, thanking Melling for the action he took against the landlord of the Black Swan Hotel, Snig Hill  and his 'brave stand...taken against the glaring public evils of our time - the forces of drink, gambling and impurity...'  It transpired that James Wallace, the landlord of the Black Swan, had published two letters in the Sheffield Independent falsely accused Melling of trying to entrap him into selling alcohol after hours in breach of the licensing laws.  The case went to court and the judge ruled in favour of Melling.  The illuminated address praises Melling’s commitment to the promotion of temperance and social morality. (Sheffield City Archives: X748/1).

Upon their move from Meersbrook House last year, the Parks Department transferred a large quantity of records to the archives for permanent preservation including minutes, early staff wage books, allotment plans and photographs.  The records add much to our knowledge of the development of Sheffield’s parks and green spaces.  Of particular interest is a volume of coloured linen plans of parks, recreation grounds and open spaces drawn up by Mr E. Partington, Estates Surveyor in the 1920s.  The volume was obviously a working document for the Parks Department during the Second World War and many of the plans are annotated to denote ARP shelters, ARP posts, rest centres/shelters, barrage balloon sites, wartime allotments, ARP trenches, water tanks and fire tanks, open cast coal and huts for the Home Guard. (Sheffield City Archives: CA981).

We also received a donation of First World War letters written by Able Seaman Joe Rhodes of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves to his sweetheart in Sheffield, Nellie Drabble.  Joe was born in Sheffield in 1900.  He became a crucible furnaceman, later serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves during the First World War, enlisting towards the end of December 1917 and starting his naval training in January 1918 at the Royal Navy training depot in Crystal Palace, London. Throughout his naval service, Rhodes kept up regular correspondence with his sweetheart back home in Sheffield, Nellie Drabble (1898 - 1968).  His letters discuss his training at the Royal Navy depot: ‘…the palace is a magnificent place and I am very sorry to say that our superiors are rotters...', thoughts of Sheffield: '...by the papers I see that the Zepps were knocking about Yorkshire last and I hope they did not make it uncomfortable for you just the same as when they pay us a visit...' and his enduring relationship with Nellie: '...We managed to get out last night for the first time and I had not been out 10 minutes before a girl came up to me and asked me take her a stroll, this I flatly refused by saying that the girl I left in Sheffield has all the love I can give and that I had none to spare for her...’  Joe Rhodes married Nellie Drabble on 25 February 1922 at St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield. (Sheffield City Archives: X747).
We also took in public records from Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, HM Coroner, the Northern General Hospital, Jessop Hospital for Women and Trent Regional Health Authority. Records were also deposited by Sheffield City Council, the Diocese of Sheffield, the GMB and NALGO trade unions, local businesses, societies and organisations and private individuals.
A full list of archives received by Sheffield City Archives (and other archives around the country) is published by The National Archives each year:
You can also search Sheffield City Archives' online catalogue here: http://www.calmview.eu/SheffieldArchives/CalmView/Default.aspx?

Review: Up, down, all-around stitch dictionary by Wendy Bernard

This is a fantastic reference for knitters wanting inspiration for their projects. Each stitch pattern is presented in written and charted form, and there are options for flat and circular knitting, depending on your preference or what the pattern calls for.

As if that wasn't enough, the patterns are also offered top-down and bottom-up where appropriate. Never again will you be put off using a heart motif on that top-down yoked sweater, and you can create leaves to your heart's content on that toe-up sock pattern you had your eye on.

Even if you don't have a particular pattern in mind, this is a great resource to browse through.

(There are also a range of craft groups and activities which take place in Sheffield Libraries. Please see the Sheffield Libraries events page for further details.)

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Exploring the archives: the mystery of the marble bust

Of the many hundreds of enquiries we received at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library last month, the mystery of the marble bust was perhaps one of the most intriguing. 

A Dutch antiques and fine art dealer, based in Eindhoven, got in touch to ask if we might be able to identify the subject of a marble bust that had turned up in the Netherlands.  The only clue the inquirer had about the bust was an engraving on its base which revealed how it was made by the Sheffield sculptor William Ellis (c.1824 - 1882). The individual depicted in the sculpture however was unknown.

Bust of the mystery Victorian gentleman which surfaced in Eindhoven, Netherlands

A search through the old newspapers at the Local Studies Library revealed an obituary for William Ellis, reported the day after his death in the Sheffield Independent newspaper on 20 July 1882 which details the various commissions Ellis worked on during his career. These included busts of notable nineteenth-century individuals associated with Sheffield such as Samuel Plimsoll M.P. (1823 - 1898), Henry Unwin J.P. (c. 1811 - 1879), the sculptor Alfred G. Stevens (1817 - 1875) (all exhibited 1876), the Rev. Samuel Earnshaw (1805 - 1888) (exhibited 1877) and the scientist Dr Henry Clifton Sorby (1826 - 1908) (exhibited 1879). One of Ellis’ last commissions was a bust of John Arthur Roebuck, M.P. (1801 - 1879). By cross-referencing pictures of these individuals on Picture Sheffield (www.picturesheffield.com) with the picture of the bust in the Dutch antiques centre, one-by-one, we were able to eliminate the candidates in this rather distinguished line-up of Victorian gentlemen until the identity of the individual was revealed. The bust bore an undeniably clear resemblance to John Arthur Roebuck.
Roebuck was born in India to an English civil servant father, raised in Canada, and qualified as a barrister. He served as radical Liberal MP for Sheffield in two spells between 1849 - 1868 and 1874 - 1879 (up until his death). In parliament, Roebuck was nicknamed “Dog Tear 'Em” due to his terrier instincts, his tenacity and his fierce opposition to notions of aristocracy and privilege.

Picture of John Arthur Roebuck (1801 - 1879), Liberal MP for Sheffield
(Sheffield Archives and Picture Sheffield Library: s08216)

Roebuck’s life was one of relative affluence. By contrast, the man who memorialised him in marble, William Ellis, spent most of his life battling destitution and hardship. Despite his talent as a sculptor, Ellis’ obituary reveals how between commissions ‘his existence has been a perpetual struggle with poverty…a struggle with an empty purse, and an empty cupboard’. A graduate of the Sheffield School of Art, Ellis assisted his friend and mentor Alfred Stevens (1817 - 1875) in the original winning design for the ‘Wellington Monument’, an undertaking which saw the two sculptors forced to endure ‘a wearying harassing life’ in London, subsisting ‘on the most part on bread and coffee during their stay in the metropolis’. Stevens himself died in poverty before the final Wellington monument (now housed in St Paul's Cathedral) was completed.  During the severe winter of 1880-81 Ellis’ obituary observes how Ellis ‘was frequently on the verge of starvation. Yet he never complained, and bore the biting cold and bitter misery of a fireless home with heroic fortitude’.   Ellis died practically penniless at his home at 26 Reliance Place, Winter Street, Sheffield on 19 July 1882.
Roebuck’s bust may have gone from Sheffield, but thanks to the documentary evidence at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library its identity, and the story of its creator, will always be remembered.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New for 2017: family history course at Sheffield City Archives

In January/February 2017, Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library are running their popular six-week family history course led by local family history expert Suzanne Bingham.

The course is aimed at beginners and will explain the process of researching your family tree and how to find and use essential records such as birth, marriage and death indexes, certificates, and census records.  You will learn how to use the Find My Past website effectively, and how to access records in archives and libraries that haven’t yet been made available online.  Each week, you will get to look at original documents from the Archives.

Course start date: Thursday 19th January 2017
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Sheffield City Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, S1 4SP
Cost: £60 (for 6 weeks)

To book a place contact Sheffield Archives (0114 203 9395) or Sheffield Local Studies Library (0114 273 4753) or email: archives@sheffield.gov.uk



Thu 19th Jan
Week 1
Getting started - organising your family trees.
Useful websites for family history.
Civil Registration – births, marriages and deaths.
Thu 26th Jan
Week 2
The census and what it can tell us about our ancestors.
Useful resources for accessing the census.
Thu 2nd Feb
Week 3
Detailed look at Parish records, why they were kept and how to access them.
Religious denominations, the differences in the records.
Thu 9th Feb
Week 4
Records relating to the deceased ancestor:
Churchyard or cemetery?
Monumental Inscriptions.
Causes of Victorian deaths
Did they leave a will?
Thu 16th Feb
Week 5
Social welfare and health records.
Records relating to the Poor Law – workhouses, poor relief, bastardy orders, settlement certificates, Sheffield Scattered Homes.
Records relating to health – hospitals and asylums.
Thu 23rd Feb
Week 6
Understanding where your ancestor lived.  
What was the area like?
How to use the following resources to identify the location of your ancestor’s home:
  • Trade directories
  • Electoral registers
  • Local area photographs
  • Maps
This session will take place at Sheffield Local Studies Library (Central Library).

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Author Q&A - Katey Lovell - The Singalong Society for Singletons

Welcome to our first author Q&A on the Sheffield Libraries blog, and who better to interview than ardent library supporter and Sheffield adoptee Katey Lovell. Katey's novel The Singalong Society for Singletons is out on December 15th, 2016, and I happily dived between the pages of her new book to find out more.

Four friends, each at a cross roads in their lives and each dealing with broken hearts, recognise the value their friendship, laughter and, most importantly, singing are to help them through hard times. So they gather for regular meet ups, to watch a musical, throw their cares away and just have a great time!

The Singalong Society for Singletons could be classed as chick lit as all the components are here: friendship, love, heartache and humour, but it's actually more unique than that. Each chapter is based around a different musical (The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Oliver! etc.), so we are taken on a theatrical journey through the book, as the single friends cope with their different challenges in life to the backdrop of songs and themes from an array of different musical shows. It is a lovely idea which adds a completely new dimension to the standard chick lit theme and allows this story to stand out from the crowd.

The Singalong Society for Singletons is full of laughter, heartwarming moments, secrets, romance, friendship, characters with bags of personality and, most wonderfully, lots of great Sheffield references! With each musical, the friends grow and the story develops at a speedy pace, with each of the friends' lives moving in a, not always predictable, direction. This is a fun, feel-good and unputdownable read!


Katey Lovell - Author of The Singalong Society for Singletons
Now over to Katey Lovell, with thanks!

What inspired you to write The Singalong Society for Singletons?

Publishers Harper Impulse had offered me a contract for nine short stories (the e-book series The Meet Cute) in early 2015. By November of that year the first three stories had been published and were well received, which was when my editor encouraged me to try writing a novel. The title came to me before anything else, but as I've always loved musicals I soon thought of ways I could work the themes of popular musicals into a story about a group of friends who sing to cure their broken hearts.

You reference Sheffield a lot throughout your book and on your blog mentioned it as your “adopted city”. What made you come to Sheffield, and what do you love most about the city?

I moved to Sheffield in 1998 to study for an Early Childhood Studies degree at Sheffield Hallam University and by the end of my first semester was engaged to a Sheffielder!
As someone who grew up in a small market town (Monmouth, in South Wales), I never expected to stay this long, but Sheffield really doesn't feel like a city. Yes, this is where I roll out the Sheffield clichés! We're so fortunate to have the Peak District on our doorstep whilst enjoying the benefits of top-class theatres and music venues, and over the past few years Sheffield has also really come into its own with a wealth of new independent shops, cafés and pubs. However, the vintage clothes shops are probably my favourite way to while away a day as I love a bargain, along with a visit to the Central Library where my son and I browse the shelves looking for our next favourite reads. Whenever I'm in the city centre I'll invariably see people I know - Sheffield really is the world's largest village.

Music and musicals are the basis of your novel. How did you decide which musicals to include? How many musicals did you watch a part of your research and do you have a favourite?

Once I'd decided to write the novel the way I did (with a chapter for each musical) I knew I'd have a hard time choosing which ones to include. I started by making a list of my favourites, but also asked readers on Twitter and Facebook for suggestions. In the ten months it took me to write/edit The Singalong Society for Singletons I watched every film the group watch at least once, and also two which ended up being changed at the suggestion of my editor (Summer Holiday was substituted for Walking on Sunshine and Annie was replaced by Shrek - The Musical). Settling down to watch a film and calling it 'research' is a real perk of the job.
If pushed to choose a favourite I'd probably go with Grease. Rent, The Sound of Music, Les Mis and Chicago would be challengers too though - I like a few darker moments in my musicals. And my books too, for that matter!

I particularly enjoyed the chapter based on South Pacific, because it was a very emotionally charged section of your story. Which is your favourite chapter? Which was the most challenging to write?

My favourite to read is probably the one that was the most challenging to write - the Fame/Rent chapter. I cried as Liam's back story revealed itself to me, and that's exactly what happened - I hadn't planned it to turn out as dark as it did but before I knew it his whole character fell into place in that chapter. The Rocky Horror Show chapter has a special place in my heart too though and is probably the most 'Sheffieldy' section of the book, and was one of the easiest to write, partly because of the imagery of Frank N Furter, Magenta and co., and partly because it's set in the town centre I'm so familiar with.

The Singalong Society for Singletons contains a lovely mix of characters, all with unique personalities. Who was your favourite character to write about and why?

When I first started writing the book Hope was the protagonist. However, I soon realised that her snarky comments came across rather negatively. I'd hoped she'd have that balance of wit and cynicism that someone like Jo Brand has. When someone suggested Mon would be a better lead character I found Hope became more likeable. I'd say Hope or Liam are my favourites - they get the best one liners.

Where and when do you write, and how does this balance with your day job?

I try to write for at least an hour a day, every day, but that rarely happens. I almost always write at home in silence. Coffee shop writing sounds romantic, but I'm way too easily distracted for that to work for me.

Is there going to be a sequel to Singalong, and are you able to give any hints about this or anything else you’re working on?

There are no plans for a sequel at the moment, although I've had quite a few people who've read the book ask for one! I'd like to write more about the boys, maybe even something from Liam's point of view, so who knows? I suppose it'll partly depend on the response from readers and if Harper Impulse think there's a market for it.
I'm currently working on the edits for my second standalone novel, which is due to be released next summer. Whilst it's not set in Sheffield it's about a group of people who are all linked to the fictional Fir Tree Park (based loosely on two of my favourite places - Graves Park and Millhouses Park). It's a bit different to Singalong as it's told through the voices of four different women who all have their own unique connection to the park.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me it's about having characters that readers engage with. Most of my favourite characters in fiction are those I can relate to in some way or another - often it's the bookish ones like Hermione Granger or those who are strong-willed against the odds.

Where do you see yourself as a writer in the future?

I can't imagine a time where I'm not writing in one form or another, and I imagine I'll always write about friendships and relationships. I'd love to write an epic family saga, and a young adult book, and a whole shelf-full of heart-warming romance. Hopefully The Singalong Society for Singletons is just the beginning!


Huge thanks again to Katey for kindly taking time to take part in our Q&A.
The Singalong Society for Singletons is released on December 15th, and copies are available to reserve now from Sheffield Libraries.

Review & Q&A written by Alexis Filby (Library and Information Assistant).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Making History by Stephen Fry

PhD Student Michael Young and Professor Leo Zuckerman hatch a plan to change history so that the concentration camps never existed: by making sure that Adolf Hitler is never born.

Fry has chosen an interesting subject and deals with it tactfully while still maintaining his trademark sense of humour. Making History asks questions of us: if we could change the past, would we? More importantly, even if we can change the past, should we? We may think we are acting to change things for the better, but we cannot foresee everything and this may lead to unexpected consequences.

Ultimately, though, Fry ends on a note of hope: the world can be a better place, whether it is despite or because of our actions.

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Written by Ann Brook (Library and Information Assistant)

Friday, November 18, 2016

And the Winners are ...

On Tuesday 15th November 2016, children from across Sheffield, along with teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, library staff, special guests and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield gathered at the prestigious Crucible Theatre for the 28th Sheffield Children's Book Award!

What a day it was. This was probably the noisiest, most enthusiastic and fun filled ceremony to date! And all for the love of books!

The ceremony was introduced by Claire South of the Schools' and Young People's Library Service, who talked about everything the Sheffield library service has to offer and why reading is SO important.

Then came BBC's Trisha Cooper who, with her usual boundless energy, worked the children up into a book loving frenzy, ready to announce the book award winners. For the full list of shortlisted titles, all of which are brilliant, please see my previous blog post: The Sheffield Children's Book Award

First up was the Baby Book Award which had a special little party of its own in a room full of bouncing babies led by Martin Harwood the Music Man. Lots of fun was had.

Winner of the Baby Book Award was
Box - Min Flyte and Rosalind Beardshaw.

Back in the main auditorium, special characters (provided by Noodle Performance Arts) such as Frozen's Elsa, a Jedi and a rather smelly pirate, helped Trisha announce the main award winners as follows:

Picture Books:

Category Winner: The Zoomers' Handbook - Thiago & Ana de Moraes

Highly Commended: I Will Love You Anyway -  Mick & Chloe Inkpen

Commended: There's a Bear on my Chair - Ross Collins

Shorter and Longer Novels:

Category Winner: Uncle Gobb - Michael Rose & Neal Layton

Highly Commended: Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Commended: - A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig & Chris Mould

Young Adult:

Category Winner: One - Sarah Crossan

Highly Commended: Fire Colour One - Jenny Valentine

Commended: Liquidator - Andy Mulligan

Special Category - Celebrity Authors:

Category Winner: The Bolds - Julian Clary & David Roberts

Uncle Gobb - Michael Rosen & Neal Layton

A busy signing session took place after the ceremony, allowing children the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and illustrators. And finally, as if they hadn't worked hard enough, the authors and illustrators spread out across Sheffield into schools and libraries to hold special events with excited school children.

Huge congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist and to those who won prizes. A massive thank you to Jennie Wilson and the team at the Schools' Library Service for working so hard to create a magical and fun award ceremony and to Anne Frost for bringing bundles of babies together for the Baby Book Award.

The Sheffield Children's Book Award was a wonderful day. A celebration of fantastic books, brilliant authors, illustrators and of course, amazing libraries!

A BIG thank you to every person who came along and helped to make this celebration so special.

Same again next year then?

Winners L-R:- Chris Mould, Mick Inkpen, Thiago de Moraes, Chloe Inkpen, Michael Rosen, Lord Mayor Denise Fox, Sarah Crossan, Andy Mulligan, Rosalind Beardshaw, Min Flyte.

Baby Book Award L-R:- Layn Marlow, Min Flyte, Rosalind Beardshaw, Lauren Tobia, Kathy Henderson 

Babies love books!

Baby Book Award winners:- Min Flyte & Rosalind Beardshaw.

Picture Book Category Winner Thiago de Moraes signing copies of the Zoomers' Handbook

Characters courtesy of Noodle Performance Arts

Authors, illustrators, publishers and the Lord Mayor.

Library Service Manager Nick Patridge rounds off proceedings.

Article written by Alexis Filby (Library and Information Assistant).

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Sheffield Children's Book Award

Did you know that Sheffield Libraries has a book award? Can you believe that it's been running and growing since 1989? For context, this is the year films Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Batman and The Little Mermaid were released. For over 25 years we have been selecting, voting for and celebrating our favourite book releases.

So how does it work? Every year, around January, a stack of Sheffield Library staff come together, and fuelled by tea and biscuits, look through a long-list of the previous year's book releases, selecting only the very best to make the shortlist. These books are then sent out to schools and libraries throughout Sheffield, where children read and vote for their favourite books. That's what is special about the Sheffield Children's Book Award, it's children, well known for being the harshest of critics, who decide on the winners.

The Book Awards have been hosted in various locations over the years  but most recently the Award's home has been back at Sheffield's wonderful Crucible Theatre where the vibe has been electric.

2016 sees a new shortlist of dazzling titles, for which the votes are now in, and frantic preparations have begun for the award ceremony which will take place on Tuesday 15th November. School classes from around Sheffield will be invited to come along, make a lot of noise and meet some of their favourite authors and illustrators. It all makes for a very exciting day.

I bet you're keen to see this year's shortlisted titles? Make yourself comfortable and prepare to behold a list of marvellous books, all of which are available to borrow now from Sheffield Libraries.

Picture Books: 

The Bear and the Piano (David Litchfield), The Prince and the Porker (Peter Bently & David Roberts), There's a Bear in my Chair (Ross Collins), The Zoomer's Handbook Ana & Thiago De Moraes), The Girl with the Parrot on her Head (Daisy Hirst), I Will Love you Anyway (Mick & Chloe Inkpen).
Top: The Bear and the Piano, The Prince and the Porker and There's a Bear on my Chair. Bottom: The Zoomers' Handbook, The Girl with the Parrot on her Head and I Will Love you Anyway.

Shorter Novels:

Mango and Bambang The Not-a-Pig (Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy), Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed (Michael Rosen & Neal Layton), The Royal Bake Off (Clémentine Beauvais & Becka Moor).
Mango and Bambang, Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed and The Royal Bake Off.

Longer Novels:

A Boy Called Christmas (Matt Haig & Chris Mould), The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair (Lara Williamson), The Wolf Wilder (Katherine Rundell).
A Boy Called Christmas, The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair and The Wolf Wilder

Young Adult:

Joe All Alone (Joanna Nadin), Silence is Goldfish (Annabel Pitcher), Liquidator (Andy Milligan), Fire Colour One (Jenny Valentine), Panther (David Owen), One (Sarah Crossan).
Top: Joe All Alone, Silence is Goldfish and Liquidator. Bottom: Fire Colour One, Panther and One

Special Category:

Amazon Summer (Amy Wild), The Bolds (Julian Clary & David Roberts), The Person Controller (David Baddiel).
Amazon Summer, The Bolds and The Person Controller

The Baby Book Awards:

Night Night (Ladybird Books), Babies Don't Walk, They Ride! (Kathy Henderson & Lauren Tobia), The Wheels on the Bus (Yu-Hsuan Huang), I'll Catch you if you Fall (Mark Sperring & Layn Marlow), Things That Go (Simon Abbott), Box (Rosalind Beardshaw).
Top: Night Night, Babies Don't Walk They Ride, and The Wheels on the Bus. Bottom: I'll catch you if you Fall, Things That Go and Box.

Schools Library Officer, Jennie Wilson, leads the planning of the Book Awards and spends much of October and November spinning plates, in order to bring us a fantastically fun ceremony which will excite children about reading for pleasure, books and libraries. That's what it is all about!

RSVPs are coming in from authors and illustrators as we speak and so far we have a lovely list of people attending the ceremony, and more still to confirm.

Currently due to attend the ceremony are:
  • Clementine Beauvais (author - The Royal Bake Off)
  • Becka Moor (illustrator - The Royal Bake Off)
  • Peter Bentley (author - The Prince and the Porker
  • Sarah Crossan (author - One)
  • Mick Inkpen (author I Will Love you Anyway)
  • Chloe Inkpen (illustrator I Will Love you Anyway)
  • Thiago De Moraes (illustrator - The Zoomers' Handbook)
  • Polly Faber (author - Mango and Bambang)
  • Daisy Hirst (author & illustrator - The Girl with the Parrot on her Head)
  • Chris Mould (illustrator - A Boy Called Christmas)
  • David Owen (author - Panther)
  • Michael Rosen (author - Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed)
  • Rosalind Beardshaw (illustrator - Box)
  • Layn Marlow (illustrator - I'll Catch you if you Fall)
  • Sarah Hastelow (illustrator - Night Night)
  • Lauren Tobia (illustrator - Babies Don't Walk, They Ride)

Watch this space after November 15th, for the lowdown on the award ceremony day, and to find out who won what!

- Written by Alexis Filby (Library and Information Assistant)