Monday, 19 February 2018

CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Long lists 2018 Announced

The Carnegie and Greenaway long lists were announced on 15th February.  The Carnegie list includes a mix of debut novels, including Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, and previous nominees such as Patrick Ness, David Almond, Geraldine McCaughrean and Philip Reeve.

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The short lists are announced on 15th March 2018 and shadowing begins on 16th March 2018!  At TRS, we are really looking forward to taking part in the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme again this year with our Year 8 students.

CILIP's Carnegie Medal is awarded each year for an outstanding book for children and young people as part of the Carnegie and Greenaway Children's Book Awards.  The Shadowing Scheme is an opportunity to 'shadow' the judging process for the Carnegie Medal.  This involves reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles.  The medal winners are announced on 18th June 2018.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Fall in Love with Reading

Books We Love - TRS staff picks!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, now is a great time to fall in love with reading!

We have some amazing displays in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries to tempt you with.  In the War Memorial Libraries, staff at TRS have kindly recommended books they love - these are on display for you to browse and borrow!

If you need some encouragement to love reading again here are a couple of tips:
  • Choose carefully – think about what you are interested in reading, there is no right or wrong!  It could be fiction or non-fiction, funny books, horror stories, romance or 'real-life' fiction.  Ask a friend to recommend a book they’ve enjoyed or ask your Librarian for ideas.
  • Make time to read every day - it may sound obvious but even if you don’t like reading, with the right book reading will become a habit and something to enjoy.  The Libraries have lots of great books from graphic novels and Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Alex Rider and Harry Potter.
Fall in Love with a Good Book display - Discovery Library

Friday, 2 February 2018

Votes for Women - Centenary of the Representation of the People Act

It is 100 years on 6th February since the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed.  This
gave women over thirty the right to vote for the first time in the UK.  Before this, women were not allowed to vote in general elections at all.

The Museum of London is running a series of exhibitions and events between 2 February and 27 March.  This weekend they are running a family-friendly event exploring the work of the suffragettes (members of the women’s suffrage movement, who fought to give women the right to vote) - why not check it out?

To find out more about the suffragette movement try Sally Nicholls’ brilliant novel Things A Bright Girl Can Do about three young Suffragettes from different backgrounds.  It is book of the month and on our wish list!

Channel 4 are also showing the acclaimed film, Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter this Saturday evening.

LGBT History Month - Celebrating Great British Authors

February is LBGT history month.  We have lots of great YA and classic novels by celebrated British LGBT authors including Juno Dawon, Patrick Ness, Cat Clarke and Oscar Wilde.  Come and borrow and browse!

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Author News - Anniversaries and Deaths

Ursula Le Guin, acclaimed American Science Fiction writer, died this week at the age of 88. She has influenced writers such as Margaret Attwood and Neil Gaiman, and wrote about a boy wizard who goes to a school for wizards long before J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  A new copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea saga, including A Wizard of Earthsea, is available to borrow from the Discovery Library. 

Other author anniversaries include Scottish Poet Robert Burns born 25th January 1759 and one of the most important modernist authors Virginia Woolf born 25th January 1882.  You will find poetry by Robert Burns and novels by Virginia Woolf including Mrs Dalloway, To The Lighthouse and Orlando in the War Memorial Library.

Virginia Woolf
Robert Burns

Friday, 19 January 2018

Take A Risk - Free Prize Draw winners

Did you Take a Risk at Christmas? Lots of TRS and EPHS students did by entering our ever popular Take a Risk competition at the end of last term.

187 questionnaires were successfully completed and 59 spot prizes were given out.  All entries were then put forward to our free prize draw and the following winners were presented with their prizes at Assembly:

Leah Year 7 TRS
Shanai Year 7 EPHS
Kursat Year 8 TRS.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Writing Competitions - 500 Words and Write It 2018!

500 Words

The BBC Radio 2 500 words story writing competition is back!  It is open to anyone aged 13 or under.  To enter you simply need to write an original short story of no more than 500 words about anything you like and submit your story online!

Get your entries in by 7 pm on Thursday, 22nd February.  Prizes include Chris Evan’s height (6ft 2”) in books plus this year the winners will get to ride in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and take tea on the River Thames on the Queen’s royal barge Gloriana.

To enter and for inspiration, hints and tips visit the 500 words website.

Write It 2018

Do you love food and enjoy writing?  If yes, why not enter the Write It 2018 competition, run by the Guild of Food Writers and Pink Lady Apples?

To celebrate 10 years of the competition, you are invited to write a story of between 500 and 750 words on the theme of food and celebration.  The competition is open to young people aged between 11 and 18 years and the closing date for entries is 30th April.  If your story is chosen, you will be named Guild of Food Writers Young Food Writer of the Year and win prizes that money cannot buy!

To find out more and to enter visit the Write It 2018 website.