SHORT LISTED AUTHORS AND BOOKS
‘Stunt Double’ Tamsin Cooke
‘Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face
and the Great Big Story Nickers’ John Dougherty
‘How Not to Be Weird’ Dawn McNiff
‘The Wolf Who Cried Boy!’ James O’Neill
‘Bird Girl’ Maudie Smith
‘A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice’ Chitra Soundar
Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize 2018 – Award Ceremony and Tea Party
Sunday 15th July 2018 3-5pm
The Suffolk Anthology Book Shop 17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham
We were delighted by the very high standard of submissions received and have decided to extend the number of shortlisted writers from five to six. All shortlisted authors will be invited to the Award Ceremony and Tea Party on Sunday 15th July 2018 3-5pm at Cheltenham’s independent bookshop, The Suffolk Anthology. The overall winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony and will receive a cheque for £500. A professional actor will read extracts from the prize winning book and also a Wriggly Worm Story by Eugenie Summerfield. Published collections of the Wriggly Worm stories will be on sale at The Suffolk Anthology.
The Eugenie Summerfield Children’s Book Prize has been established in memory of the children’s author Eugenie Summerfield, who passed away in 2016. Eugenie was born at the family home in Great Pulteney Street, Bath. She is popularly remembered as the author of the Wriggly Worm Stories on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Listen with Mother’. Her 22 children’s books were published by publishers such as Puffin, Ward Lock, Hutchinson, Nelson and Arnold Wheaton. From 1975-76 Yorkshire Television broadcasted 16 of her stories as part of ‘My World’, which included The Cats of Meers, and The Runaway Piano (available on Youtube). Humour, imagination and an engaging literary style were central to Eugenie’s own writing and it is the aim of this prize that this approach to children’s writing should be fostered and encouraged. The prize is for children’s authors who currently live in the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or Somerset and reflects the familial links of Eugenie Summerfield. The prize will be biennial and will be first awarded in 2018. For further information about Eugenie Summerfield see www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/28/eugenie-summerfield-obituary
Jane Bailey (Author, shortlisted for the Dillons Prize and writer-in-residence for Cheltenham Festivals First Story), Caroline Sanderson (Author, Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Worcester, judge for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and 2016 Wales Book Award), Angela Summerfield (Fine Art oil painter, art historian and author) and Caroline Summerfield (Playwright, novelist and screenwriter.)
WHAT THE JUDGES WERE LOOKING FOR
Published children’s fiction books of outstanding literary merit which show imagination and originality.