Ruislip Residents' Association

Bishop Ramsey Students Attend Hillingdon Secondary School Book Of The Year

On a hot day in May Bishop Ramsey Book Club members attended the Annual Hillingdon Book of the Year in the Middlesex Suite at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.

This year's shortlisted books were:

                                                 Barefoot On The Wind                 Zoe Marriott
                                                 The Demon Undertaker                Cameron McAllister
                                                 Cuckoo                                       Keren David
                                                 Accidental Superstar                    Marianne Levy
                                                 Wonder Boy                                 Nicole Burstein
                                                 The Power Of Dark                        Robin Jarvis

On arrival students voted for their favourite books and were allocated an author's table. Mark Jones, the compere for the day, then introduced the authors.
The day comprised of the students taking part in presentation workshops with their author and students from other schools in the borough. Through the morning the groups devised and rehearsed their short presentations which, after refreshments, were presented to the other groups and to a panel which included The Worshipful the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Carol Melvin. This was followed by a guest authors' panel discussion with questions and answers whilst the important votes were counted.
The Mayor then announced the winners of the best presentation which was the group led by Nicole Burnstein and her book Wonder Boy. Then came the most important moment of the day as the Mayor announced the winner of the coveted Hillingdon Book of the Year which was Barefoot On The Wind by Zoe Marriott. The author was delighted, stating that she had never won anything before.
The day ended with photos, certificate presentations and autographs plus a picnic in the sunshine. Thanks were expressed to Miss Neal (Senior Librarian), Mrs. Haywood and Mr.Foote for their help during the day.
Tania, one of the students who attended the event and worked in Zoe Marriott's group to prepare a presentation, said : It was an amazing experience to go to the Hillingdon Book of the Year award and work with authors who you connected with as a reader. I would love to go again.

Published in Secondary on 14 June 2017.
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