Oxfordshire Book Awards ceremony 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Oxfordshire Book Awards on Thursday 10 November at Magdalen College School. It was thrilling to attend a book awards – as an author! And to meet so many other lovely writers and of course the children and teens who make our jobs worthwhile. Huge thanks to Jo Cotterill for hosting such a fun day and for Magdalen College School for hosting it.

Jo Cotterill

Jo Cotterill wearing a rainbow dress and a rainbow headband, standing in front of a screen showing "The Oxfordshire Book Awards 2022" and pictures of some of the winning books
“It felt like a real celebration and a proper show rather than a fusty award ceremony.” Judith Bovington, Chipping NortonSchool

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be Master of Ceremonies (i.e. the one with the microphone, ahahaha!) for the 2022 Oxfordshire Book Awards. The Awards Ceremony hasn’t happened since 2019, and it was SO exciting to be back in person! We were hosted by Magdalen College School, which is a new venue for the OBAs, and Michelle McDonough, librarian and teacher extraordinaire, had coordinated everything to perfection, from parking for the minibuses (nineteen schools attended! NINETEEN!) to hundreds of cupcakes with the OBA logo.

The OBAs have been running since 2008 and are divided into three categories: Picture Book, Junior Novel and Secondary Novel, with a winner and a Highly Commended in each category. All the authors and illustrators of the six books were invited to the ceremony…

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