This is an archive of the 2010-11 Northern Ireland Book Award. View details of this year's award

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GRAND FINALE 2011

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon when book aficionados from schools all over the Province converged on Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast, to discover at first hand who Northern Ireland young people had voted as their best book for 2011.

Excitement was building as Angela McGrath of Waterstone’s Belfast announced the winner of the short story competition. An astonished jack Crone from RBAI was the recipient of the £100 voucher and our congratulations go out to him and indeed to all the 200 plus pupils who entered the competition.

Then the first visiting author, Alex Scarrow, leapt onto the stage with his abounding enthusiasm and sense of fun. Pupils were thoroughly impressed with his ‘you-tube’ trailer for the Time Riders series and loved the ‘Irish’ accent of Liam O’Connor, recruited as a Time Rider from the sinking ‘Titanic’! A thoroughly entertaining presentation, Alex!

Next up it was the turn of those schools to champion the case for their favourite title. Thanks to Wellington College and Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry for the great presentations.

Our final visitor was the illustrator, Liz Pichon who has now moved into this alien world of teenage books with ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ – yes we know the book isn’t on the short-list but what an interesting presentation her drawings made. All would-be artists were considering a new career with relish. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs and Clubs for sponsoring Liz’s visit.

Before the winning title was revealed two very special prizes were given to those schools who had contributed so much to the Northern Ireland Book Award. Congratulations to St Patrick’s High School, Keady and St Louise’s Comprehensive College, Belfast who received a kindle for their school libraries, courtesy of Renaissance Learning. It is the whole-hearted enthusiasm and participation of schools like yours that make this Award such a success!

Finally amidst a building drum-roll the winning books were announced. In third place was the parody ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Tim Collins. Runner up was Alex Scarrow’s ‘Time Riders’ (‘EPICNESS on a stick!’ according to Alex Nesbitt from Wellington College) but winner of the Northern Ireland Book award 2011 was ‘The Ring of Earth’ by Chris Bradford. According to Rory Purdy from Coleraine Academical Institution ‘This is a legend book’ –praise indeed! Congratulations Chris and a huge thank you to all who took part in our Northern Ireland Book Award 2011

Photos from the 2011 Finale (click to enlarge!)

  • Aquinas pupils
  • Angela from Waterstone's Belfast presents Jack from Royal Belfast Academical Inst. with a £100 voucher - a wonderful prize for the winner of the short story competition
  • Alex Scarrow tries to fool us with his Irish accent as he pretends to be Liam O'Connor recruited from the submerging Titanic
  • Liz Pichon and her wonderful illustrations
  • Kathy hands out Easter eggs to all budding photographers
  • Thanks for the venue, Liz!
  • Books
  • Totally absorbed - Inst boys with Alex Scarrow
  • Bangor Grammar school pupils with Liz Pichon
  • The mêlée
  • St Patrick's High School, Keady, with Alex
  • Friends School, Lisburn with Liz
  • Wellington College
  • Excitement in the air!
  • Alex is mobbed by Inst (RBAI) pupils!
  • Alex and pupils from St Patrick's High School, Keady
  • Aquinas pupils with Alex
  • Angela from Waterstone's Belfast presents Jack from Royal Belfast Academical Inst. with a £100 voucher - a wonderful prize for the winner of the short story competition
  • St Patrick's High School, Keady, show off their Kindle
  • St Louise's Comprehensive College download the next new NI Book Award possibilities on their prize Kindle

News item date: 06 APR 2011

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CHRIS BRADFORD WINS 2011 NORTHERN IRELAND BOOK AWARD

Chris BradfordThe 2010-11 Northern Ireland Book Award has been won by Chris Bradford's The Ring of Earth.

The Votes:

Just fewer than 300 votes were cast on line for this year’s NI Book Award and again in a mirror to last year the voting was very close.

In third place is the parody Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins

Runner up is the science fiction Time Riders by Alex Scarrow

Winner of the NIBA 2011 is The Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford

Your Comments on The Ring of Earth:

Rory from Coleraine Academical Institution: "This is a legend book"

Carsten from St Patrick's Keady: "I thought this book was AWESOME. Period."

Rhiona from St Louise's Belfast: "This was absolutely amazing. It has now become my favourite book series and I hope that Chris Bradford (greatest author of all time) will continue to write as amazing books as The Ring of Earth"

Samantha from Glenlola Collegiate: "I wouldn’t normally read this type of book because I think it is meant to appeal to boys more, but girls like myself would enjoy it too. It has a very exciting story line with lots of twists and turns. I especially like the feisty character Miyuki who brought a little 'girl power' to the book. I really enjoyed it and I would definitely read the previous books and the next instalment of the series"

News item date: 06 APR 2011

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WINNER OF SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The winner of the short story competition is Jack C from Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He wins a £100 gift voucher from Waterstone's.

Jack's story can be read in full on the Activities page.

News item date: 06 APR 2011

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PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Details of entries in our photographic competition have been added to the Activities page.

News item date: 06 APR 2011

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WORLD BOOK DAY 2011

Northern Ireland Book Award celebrated World Book Day 2011 with a joint author visit from two of our short-listed authors - Carnegie medal winner, Theresa Breslin and former advertising copywriter and author of the brilliant Diary of a Wimpy Vampire, Tim Collins. Prisoner of the Inquisition meets Nigel Mullet!

13 schools attended the morning event, hosted at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and a further 10 schools were at Bangor Carnegie Library for the afternoon session and all loved learning about Theresa’s cracking characters (ask about the hoodies!) and the history of vampires from which the wimpy Nigel Mullet emerged.

The huge thanks to Renaissance Learning and Accelerated Reader for sponsoring this event is best summed up by Wendy McAdoo, librarian from Holy Trinity College, Cookstown:

"Thanks for a great morning - our boys really enjoyed the whole event. There was great chat on the way home!!"

  • Theresa Breslin and Tim Collins
  • Diary of a Wimpy Vampire
  • Books by Theresa Breslin
  • Theresa Breslin
  • Tim Collins
  • World Book Day Visit 2011
  • World Book Day Visit 2011
  • World Book Day Visit 2011
  • World Book Day Visit 2011
  • World Book Day Visit 2011
  • World Book Day Visit 2011

News item date: 15 MAR 2011

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WIN A £100 WATERSTONE'S VOUCHER WITH OUR SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Our short story competition gives you the chance to win a £100 gift voucher supplied by Waterstone's. Just pick one story starter from a selection provided by some of the short-listed authors, and create your own story as a follow-on.

Full details on the Activities page. Closing Date Friday 21st January 2011!

News item date: 08 OCT 2010

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2010 LAUNCH A SUCCESS

The second year of the Northern Ireland Book Award was launched at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution on Wednesday 13th October at 1.30 p.m.

Guest of Honour to launch the event was Chris Bradford, hugely popular award-winning author of the Young Samurai series. As well as being an author, Chris is also a musician and martial arts expert.

Photos from the event can be seen below.

  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.
  • Chris Bradford launched the 2010-11 NI Book Award in October 2010.

News item date: 08 OCT 2010

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LAST YEAR'S NEWS AND PHOTOS

The news items and photos from the 2009-2010 award have been archived and can be found here.

News item date: 08 OCT 2010

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