Monthly Archives: January 2015
A group of learners from English classes for learners with dyslexia at Manygates, St Luke’s in South Elmsall and the 5 Towns centre came together recently to attend a Christmas Creative Writing Workshop at Wakefield One. This had been arranged by their tutor, Vanessa Goddard and Lynne Holroyd from Library Services.
Julie Walker, a Reader Development Officer with Kirklees Library Services, hosted the event and worked with the learners on creating a group poem about Christmas. All the learners have limited writing abilities but showed their creative side in putting together a brilliant poem!
The learners really enjoyed the day – asking when they could do it again! Vanessa, the class tutor, was thrilled at how well they had done, saying “When your writing skills are limited you can be overlooked for creative writing ventures but this shows that everyone has potential to write good poetry! With the help of Library Services we are hoping to provide more opportunities for learners to develop their creative writing skills……”
An Ode to Christmas
The man in red gets all the credit
The woman’s stressed about the list
She fights through crowds all hot and bothered
While he’s at home getting……. merry!
But it’s all worth it when you see the faces
Of the children lit up with joy
Making memories to last forever
A gift that time cannot destroy
And on it goes each festive year
We celebrate our Christmas cheer!
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The category winners for the Costa Book Award have been announced. The Costa Book Award (previously the Whitbread Prize) is open to authors who live in the UK and Ireland and is the only award to recognise books across five different categories.
In the Children’s Book category Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders, was called “a modern masterpiece” by the judges for moving Nesbitt’s original characters into the trenches of the First World War. The book also revives Nesbitt’s character the Psammead, whom the grown children must help to return home. I’m sure this is a brilliantly written but but I’m not sure I can face reading it as I suspect it will be heartbreaking.
Ali Smith’s How to be Both, shortlisted for the Booker, won in the Novel category. This sounds fascinating- it has two different beginnings, one in the 15th century and another in the present day. Which one you start with depends on which copy you buy or borrow. The judges praised Smith’s narrative concept and the “consummate ease and daring” with which she deployed it.
Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth Is Missing, which is narrated by a 90-year-old woman with dementia, won the First Novel award. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Back home she finds the place horribly unrecognizable – just like she sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud . . .
In the Biography category, Helen Macdonald wins a second prize with H is for Hawk which has already won the Samuel Johnson Prize. Macdonald, an academic at Cambridge university, immersed herself in falconry following the death of her father. Her account explains how she dealt with grief by training her own goshawk Mabel.
The Costa Poetry Award was won by Jonathan Edwards for his collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, in which celebrities and fictional characters such as Sophia Loren and Evil Knievil collide with reflections on the social architecture of working class Welsh valleys.
The Book of the Year will be announced on 27 January. Have you read any of these titles? Which do you think will win?