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Archive for the month “May, 2015”

Warwickshire Schools’ Book Award 2015

Students from all over Warwickshire attended Bilton School, Rugby on Tuesday 17th March to meet with the shortlisted authors and find out the winner of this year’s prestigious award based on the votes from all schools.  Our vote was for Phoenix by S F Saio which had been selected by our students, firstly by the cover design and then on the book itself. The author presentations were excellent with each author, Hilton Pashley, Berlie Doherty and S F Saio explaining where they found inspiration and material for their books.  The students were then able to purchase a book and get it personally signed by the authors present. We also have signed novels by all three of the authors in the Library!  Our students were delighted when our favourite book, Phoenix, was chosen as the winner.

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Alcester Schools’ Book Award 2015

On Wednesday 13th May, three Alcester schools (Alcester Grammar, Alcester Academy and St Benedict’s RC) came together for the annual Alcester Schools’ Book Award.

The event was held at Alcester Grammar School and we were thrilled to welcome local author, Helen Watts who was here to talk to the students about her book “No Stone Unturned”.  The story follows the path of Kelly, a traveller, who feels the odd one out at her new school and isolated.  She then meets Ben who helps her with her history project.  What follows is an exciting, magical adventure which can’t be spoken about for fear of ruining the book!

The book is fictional but based on local history and Helen Watts researched specific information about the limestone quarry that had been in the Wilmcote area, which gave her inspiration for her novel: definitely, a ‘stone turning’ novel for the wonderful heritage of the local area.  The limestone was used for the floor of The Houses Of Parliament.

Helen spoke about how her initial idea for the story came whilst walking around the edge of the disused quarry with her dog, near to her home and she began to imagine what the quarry would have been like in its time.

The students were able to purchase signed copies of Helen’s book which can also be purchased from Mary Arden’s Farm bookshop and Wilmcote Stores, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Bookshop in Stratford, priced £6.99.  ISBN 978-1-4729-0540-6.

We are now looking forward to the final event which will be held at St Benedict’s on 21 May 2015

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