Redbridge Book Awards 2016 honour borough’s young writers

PUBLISHED: 10:55 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 13 July 2016

Redbridge Book Awards 2016

Redbridge Book Awards 2016


More than 200 children attended Redbridge Town Hall last night to celebrate the borough’s 13th annual book awards.

The competition saw pupils of 17 secondary schools and eight primary schools across Redbridge, Havering and Newham vote for their favourite children’s and teenage book published in 2015.

Car-jacked, by Ali Sparkes, won the children’s category while Sarah Crossen, whose book One won the awards’ teenage category, wasn’t able to receive her award in person so sent a personal message.

It read: “I’m so delighted to have won the Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2016.

“Regional awards are so important in inspiring young people to try new books, and I’m just so sad I can’t be there to celebrate the shortlisted titles.”

The borough’s brightest young writers were also honoured on the day as the results of a number of poetry and short story competitions were announced.

Mia Thomas from Fairlop Primary School won the junior poetry competition with her poem Five Senses, while Ayesha Ahmed from Woodford County High won the teenage

category with Am I Invisible.

Suamaya Zanab from Wanstead High School won the junior short story competition with her story Change and fellow Wanstead High pupil Annie Walker received the teenage prize with her story, The Miserable Life of Ernie Thomas.

Winners were presented with a book token, a novel of their choice and a copy of this year’s anthology of all shortlisted poems and stories.

Nina Simon, Schools Library Service manager and organiser of the awards, said: “It was a lovely event, quite a lot of work goes into organising it every year so it was great to see so many children there enjoying themselves.”

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