Leeds Book Awards 2017
Leeds East Academy attend literature ceremony at Pudsey Civic Hall
Members of Leeds East Academy's Library Book Group were among hundreds of other students attending the 2017 Leeds Book Awards at Pudsey Civic Hall this May.
Hundreds of enthusiastic readers from schools across Leeds have been reading and discussing the short-listed books since January. Leeds East Academy students across all year groups have read six titles from books written for age categories 11 to 14, or 14 to 16; discussed the books and posted reviews on the Leeds Book Awards website before voting for their personal favourite in April.
The ceremony opened with the introduction of the shortlisted authors who were then invited to talk about their experiences as a writer; the book they had been selected for and to answer many eagerly asked questions.
Tamsyn Murray, author of 'Instructions For A Second-Hand Heart' described how she gathered ideas for her writing. She loves hearing funny stories but advises people to be very careful what they say to her, especially if she has a pen in her hand.
Tension mounted as the golden envelopes containing the names of the winning authors were opened and announced on stage. Students were then given the opportunity to meet and chat with the authors as well as having any books they had purchased personally signed.
Bryanne from Year 7 said: "I loved meeting the writers and the Librarian gave us all our very own copies of our favourite books to keep! I met Gareth P. Jones; author of 'Death Or Ice Cream?' he was really funny and he asked me what my favourite ice-cream was."
Congratulations goes to Tamsyn Murray for winning the 11 to 14 category with her book 'Instructions For a Second-Hand Heart' and congratulations also to L.A. Weatherley for winning the 14 to 16 category with her book 'Broken Sky'
Academy Librarian Ms Dingwall adds: "All of the shortlisted books are available to borrow from the library."
Find out more at leedsbookawards.co.uk