23/03/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy students enjoyed an afternoon as guests – and performers – at the prestigious Manchester Book Award ceremony.
MC&MA (Boys) student Richard Lunn came second in the Manchester Library and Information Services event’s body popping contest.
Several of our other students also entered the competition at the award show, which was held at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Author Vanessa Curtis was voted the Manchester Book Award winner by young people aged between 11 and 14 for her book ‘Zelah Green, Queen of Clean.
Unfortunately she was unable to pick up her award in person, but the group of MC&MA boys and girls who travelled to the annual event still enjoyed the event – particularly the body popping!
Students and members of reading groups from around Manchester cast over 400 votes and submit over 400 reviews since September.
The youngsters selected their six favourite books from an initial list of 24, and these six books went head-to-head for the coveted prize.
The Manchester Book Award encourages young people to read, offers them an outlet to discuss the different short-listed titles, to review them objectively and to design alternative book covers.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The Manchester Book Award is a fantastic event.
“From the books that have been read so avidly right through to the glittering award ceremony, it’s a real journey which young people in the city take real enjoyment from.”
The other authors and titles that made it through to the finals were Malice by Chris Wooding, Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls, Blood Ties by last year’s winner Sophie McKenzie, The Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire and Blood Hunters by Steve Voake.
For more information, go to www.manchesterbookaward.com