Annual book awards held

St Helens primary school pupils with shortlisted authors A.F. Harrold and Tom McLaughlin with Compton Valance author Matt Brown and Head of Libraries Service Sue Williamson
St Helens primary school pupils with shortlisted authors A.F. Harrold and Tom McLaughlin with Compton Valance author Matt Brown and Head of Libraries Service Sue Williamson

Primary schools pupils have gathered for the annual book awards.

Children from across St Helens gathered at Chester Lane Library for the BASH (Book Awards St Helens) celebration event.

The awards, administered by the St Helens Schools Library Service, sees children reading six shortlisted books and visiting local libraries to take part in reading workshops.

The pupils then vote for their favourite book - choosing an overall winner. This year 13 St Helens primary schools took part in BASH.

There was an added bonus too this year, with author of the Compton Valance series, Matt Brown, delighting his young audience with a talk on the many books he’s written and his passion for writing.

There was also an exclusive first reading from the fourth Compton Valance book.

Matt then announced the 2016 BASH winner to the excited audience – with David Baddiel’s brilliantly funny The Parent Agency getting the nod.

Two of the shortlisted authors - Tom McLaughlin, author of The Accidental Prime Minister, and A. F. Harrold, author of The Imaginary, also attended.

Pupils were encouraged to enter a ‘best book review’ competition, with first prize consisting of a signed copy of each of the six shortlisted titles.

Matthew from Billinge St Aidan’s was the chosen winner, with his fabulous review of The Imaginary and A.F. Harrold was delighted to present the youngster with his prize and certificate.