Kernow Youth Book Awards 2015

On Wednesday 27th April, Years 7 and 8 students visited The Keay Theatre at Cornwall College St Austell for the annual Kernow Youth Book Awards. Compered by comedian and book enthusiast Kernow King, the event brought together major authors and students from around Cornwall.

Shortlisted books for the 2015 Kernow Book Award were:

  • After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
  • Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan
  • Last Chance Angel by Alex Gutteridge
  • Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
  • Warp, The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

Writers Gillian Cross (best known for The Demon Headmaster series, above), Anthony McGowan and Rob Badcock took part in Question & Answer sessions, with video speeches from Sophie Mackenzie, while students from Cornish schools acted out episodes from selected books and spoke of what the books meant to them. Following a student vote, the award for best novel went to Sophie Mackenzie for Split Second and Humphry Davy School won the best presentation.

Mrs Stark, Penrice Librarian, commented: ‘The students were thrilled to meet the authors and other students to discuss the shortlisted novels. We enjoyed the range of dramatic presentations and are already planning next year’s trip!”

The Kernow Youth Book Award, now in its 8th year, was started by SLiC (School Librarians in Cornwall), with support from Cornwall Council.