BGS book enthusiasts attend prestigious Awards Ceremony

Four BGS pupils along with our Librarian Mrs Cowdrey were in Dublin on 20th May as special guests of the Children's Books Ireland "Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award" Ceremony. The boys - Adam Barr, Jacob Baxter, Simon Cash and Simon Brackenridge, were the only Northern Ireland school represented and were interviewed by national television channel RTE and a host of other local journalists about the experience.

BGS participated in the Bisto Shadowing Scheme earlier in the year which encourages shadowing groups within schools to work in a similar way to the official judges and then collectively chose the book they think is best.  Bangor Grammar were picked from a list of over 100 participating schools and libraries across Ireland

to attend the ceremony and meet the shortlisted authors and illustrators.
The event kicked off with an author session in the National Gallery where the audience met with prize winners Kate Thompson and Mary Finn.  Both authors were on hand to meet guests and sign copies of their books.

The main event was held in the College of Physicians where guest speaker Senator David Norris entertained the audience before announcing the winning title "Bog Child".

Bog Child was written by late author Siobhan Dowd whose sister Oona Emerson accepted the award on her behalf.  Ms Emerson pledged that the prize money would be dontated to the Siobhan Dowd Trust which was established by Siobhan before she died to help disadvantaged children to improve their reading skills and experience the joy of reading.
Further information about the event and award can be found on : www.childrensbooksireland.com
The RTE interview with BGS pupils can be accessed on www.rte.ie/news2day