A first-time author has expressed her delight in being shortlisted for this year’s Rotherham Children’s Book Awards.
Northern Irish author C.B. Lindsay was one of several nominated authors who attended the 2011 Rotherham Children’s Book Awards, which was held at the Magna Science & Adventure Centre on Friday 8 July.
It was also part of the Rotherham Children’s Festival, which took place between Monday 27 June and Friday 15 July.
A delighted nominee
She released her first book, ‘Who Ate all the Pies?’, in June 2010 and is about Cuthbert, a young custard pie fanatic, and Professor Ankles’ attempts to discover who is eating Granny’s custard pies.
The story was one of three books that was nominated for the best “Key Stage 1/Lower Key Stage 2″ book award and Ms Lindsay said that she was delighted to be shortlisted.
She added: “It’s fantastic [to be nominated] because I’m a first-time author and it’s my first book. It’s my first experience of the awards and it’s been really brilliant.
“It’s been good [and] really positive. [There are] lots of fans of Cuthbert and Professor Ankles.
“I’ve been very well looked after and we need to start one of these [awards] in Belfast!
“It would be fantastic [to win and] it will be the icing on the cake but, in saying that, I’ve had a brilliant day and really enjoyed it.
“Everyone’s been very positive and very helpful. And, coming over from Belfast, it’s just been fantastic.”
Attending the awards
Ms Lindsay currently lives in Belfast, but she made the journey to Rotherham to attend the awards.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to get to meet some of the writers because I live in Northern Ireland, so I’m quite locally based over there,” said Ms Lindsay.
“It’s great to get over here and get to meet other people who’s read the book. It’s [also] great to come and enjoy all the atmosphere, and meet other authors.
“[It’s nice] just to be here and find out if I’ve won, and see if the kids enjoyed it.”
“It’s really important”
Although Ms Lindsay did not win the award, losing to Mr Johnson’s ‘Spook School: Horror from the Deep’, she enjoyed the displayed work that children had completed at school and also took part in the ‘Make a Robot’ workshop.
Ms Lindsay also said how important the Rotherham Children’s Book Awards are in encouraging children to carry on reading and writing stories.
“I think it’s really important so they get to meet authors, and kids get to see that it’s achievable,” she explained.
“There’s a lot of kids, and I know when I was younger, who [thought] that being an author was maybe an option, rather than a proper job.
“So I think it’s great that kids get to meet authors and see that you can do it.
“It gives them a chance to meet you and ask you questions, and find out things about the book that they couldn’t otherwise ask you.”
This news story was self-published in July 2011.