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Coram Voice’s #Voices2018 Competition winners announced!

Peter Capaldi hosts national writing competition awards celebrating creative talents of children and young people in care

On Monday 9 April, Coram Voice announced the winners of Voices 2018, its national writing competition for care-experienced young people, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of its corporate partner Coutts and hosted for the second year running by actor and former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

Coram Voice, which is part of the Coram group of charities, launched the competition in 2016 as a positive platform for children in care and young care leavers to share their stories and celebrate their talents.

Peter Capaldi said: It was an honour to host the Voices awards ceremony again this year and meet the talented young writers. The entries provide a diverse and moving collection of stories, and I am immensely impressed by the writers’ ability to convey their emotions and experiences through the power of the written word.

23 entrants were shortlisted in the competition across four categories: primary, lower secondary (ages 11-14), upper secondary (ages 15-18) and care leavers.

The competition judges included writers, authors, poets and journalists, with a special interest in, or personal experience of the care system, They praised the entrants on the powerful and creative ways they met the competition theme of ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’.

The Voices 2018 winners are:

Primary School Winner – To My Sister! by Aminah, aged 11

Author Lisa Cherry and poet Dreadlock Alien, judges of the Primary School category said: This is a poem with meaning and purpose well beyond a competition. Good poetry says the most things with the fewest words and this poem does that. Great poetry prompts reactions from the listener or reader and this poem does that.

Lower Secondary School Winner – Shout it Loud, it’s Time to Find Proud by Charlotte, aged 13

Authors Jenny Molloy and Lola Jaye said: This piece comes from a very talent lyricist, and matches the theme beautifully whilst exploring it in such an interesting way. The reader feels more uplifted with each verse, so much so you can almost see the stars and sparkles leaping out of the page!

Upper Secondary School Winner – Never Said Enough by Charde, aged 16

Judges Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor for Channel 4 News and poet Mr Gee said: From the first line we were hooked. A background story of real pain but ultimately the huge power of love and gratitude. The storytelling is superb – it is a wrenching, heartbreaking piece but the intensity of pride and love spoke to us with every line.

Care Leavers Winner – Let Me Just Check That With Mike by Nathan, aged 20

Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan and reporter Ashley John-Baptiste said: The poem is written in a very clever way, and really spoke to us. The title of the poem used as the ‘punchline’ of the piece is what we loved most. The writer has great capability to project their experiences onto paper.

Brigid Robinson, Managing Director at Coram Voice said: We are delighted with the fantastic response we’ve had to this year’s competition, receiving more than double the number of entries compared to last year. We want to thank all the children and young people for sharing their stories with us and embracing the theme in powerful and creative ways.

The winning entries are available to read at coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2018. They are also currently on display to the public in the windows of Coutts headquarters on Strand, London. The bank supported the Voices 2018 competition as part of its partnership with Coram, chosen as its current charity of the year.

To find out more about Voices 2018 and to read the shortlisted and winning entries, please visit coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2018.

Changes

So there is no easy to say it so I will just come out with it: in July this year my family and I will be moving to America to be closer to her family. We both live thousands of miles away from our homes (I come from South Africa originally) and after a protracted discussion we decided on the US of A.

I will be handing in my notice at school for the end of the school year and, well we are already mostly packed up and just need to organise shipping of treasured possessions (books mostly) and in July we will be shipping up to Boston (and thence to Kansas).

What does this mean for TeenLibrarian?

Well I plan to keep blogging about Libraries and Books but this may take on a more international flavour (I will refuse to drop my ‘u’s as that is just wrong), Teen Librarian Monthly may take a brief hiatus during the move and getting settled but I want disruption to be as minimal as possible.

If anyone is keen to submit articles for TLM and TL the blog please do get in touch.

What will I be doing over there?

I hope to continue my career in Libraries as I have not spent over half my life as a Librarian to just start doing something else, plus I love the work. That being said… I will not be precious about it and am fairly talented at a few things so will turn my hand at anything that comes my way!

Any American Library folk looking at this I would appreciate any advice on getting into Libraries over there…

Thank you!

All the World’s a Story: the CILIP School Libraries Group Conference

CILIP’s SLG the School Libraries Group has organised their National conference to take place from the 27th to the 29th April.

To find out what is on the programme and to download a booking form visit the SLG blog here:

All the World’s a Story: the CILIP School Libraries Group Conference 2018

The Wikipedia Library One Librarian One Reference Project 2018 #1Lib1Ref

Starting today and running until 3rd February, Wikipedia is hoping to entice Librarians into helping them make their online encyclopaedia more accurate by adding one reference to an article to help it become more reliable then adding #1Lib1Ref in the edit summary to help them track participation.

How to Participate: Five Basic Steps

  • Find an article that needs a citation. There are many ways to do this. Here are some strategies.
  • Filling a “Citation Needed” using Citation Hunt
  • Finding an article with sourcing problems
  • Select an article while browsing
  • Cite a source from your collection or research
  • Find a reliable source that can support that article
  • Add a citation using Wikipedia Style. Click here to learn about adding citations and editing Wikipedia
  • Add the project hashtag #1Lib1Ref in the Wikipedia Edit Summary
  • Share your edit on social media and learn more about libraries and Wikipedia. Grab a userbox for your user page if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • For full details, links to start pages and more information visit:
    https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref to sign up and help them out!

    Coram Voice’s creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers returns #Voices2018

    Coram Voice is excited to announce the return of ‘Voices’, its national writing competition for children in care and young care leavers, for a third year running. The competition is open for entries until 8 February 2018.

    Coram Voice, a charity that provides a range of services for children and young people in and around the care system, first launched the competition in 2016 as a platform for care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and to celebrate their voices.

    Research conducted with previous Voices shortlisted entrants found that participation in the competition had inspired them to write more, allowed them to be recognised for their talents and for some, even helped them to come to terms with being in care.

    The theme of this year’s competition is Who or What Makes You Proud and entries can be submitted online at coramvoice.org.uk/voices18 in any written form including poems, short stories, raps and newspaper articles with a 500 word limit. The competition is grouped in four age categories: primary school, lower secondary school (age 11-14), upper secondary school (age 15-18) and care leavers.

    The entries for Voices 2018 will be judged by a panel of experts, each with personal experience of, or a special interest in the care system including:

  • Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor for Channel 4 News
  • Lucy Spraggan, singer-songwriter, and newly approved foster carer
  • Ashley John-Baptiste, BBC reporter and producer
  • Jenny Molloy, author of ‘Hackney Child’
  • Mr Gee, spoken word artist
  • Lola Jaye, author of ‘Orphan Sisters’
  • Lisa Cherry, author of ‘The Brightness of Stars’
  • Dreadlock Alien, slam and performance poet
  • The winner of each category will receive a tablet and £100 shopping vouchers, and will be announced by the judges at an awards ceremony in London on 9 April 2018.

    One of the judges, Lola Jaye commented: I know that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways we can understand each other’s unique experiences. That’s why I am so pleased to judge Voices 2018, a competition that amplifies the voices of young people in the care system and gives them a platform to tell the world their stories. I can’t wait to read what they produce and celebrate their achievements.

    One young person who previously entered Voices said: The competition is a safe opportunity to share your personal story – it’s a wonderful way to embrace your history and yourself” and another added “to put what you feel on a piece of paper is quite therapeutic.

    Another previous entrant commented: It can be the start of a journey… it opens up new opportunities and also shows people the potential you have.

    Voices 2018 is open for entries until 8 February 2018. For more information about the competition and how to enter, please visit coramvoice.org.uk/voices18.

    The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation 2018 Adventure Writing Prize

    Adventure is a broad genre and thrillers, crime, historical fiction or fantasy novels are often also adventure stories. With prizes from £1,500 – £15,000 and categories for young people to published authors, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

    Published Novel | Prize: £15,000

    Novels must be published between 1st January 2017 and 30th April 2018. Proof copies are accepted.

    Unpublished Manuscript | Prize: £7,500 Writer’s Adventure Research Award and guidance from Wilbur’s literary agents

    Novels must be 50,000+ words in length and authors not represented by a literary agent. Self-published books are eligible.

    Author of Tomorrow – short stories by writers aged 21 years and under | Prize: £1,500 and digital publication

    Entrants must be aged 21 years and under at time of submission. Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.

    Deadline for submissions: 12th March 2018

    Full details are available on our website at: www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards

    CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Independent Review

    In June 2017 CILIP launched an independent review of the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals as part of their Equalities and Diversity Action Plan.

    Today an interim report to provide an update on the work of the review has been released.

    The Bookseller has a brilliant article that summarises the findings so far, you can read it here: ‘No more buck-passing’, says Carnegie Diversity report

    To read the full report and register to take part in the consultation here: CILIP Carnegie Kate Greenaway Independent Review

    CILIP Letter to Justine Greening

    On Thursday Dawn Finch, Immediate Past President of CILIP – the library and information association wrote to Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening MP calling on her to intervene to halt the shocking decline of library provision and the numbers of qualified librarians in state-funded schools and colleges in England.

    Over 150 authors, educators and many other supporters of school and college libraries put their names to this letter urging the government to change their policy of leaving the decision to have school libraries up to individual heads as this clearly has not worked.

    read the full letter here: School Libraries SOS

    Love Your School Library Service Day


    Books in Your Classroom

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    Curriculum Resources

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    Access to a Library Management System

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    The School Library Award (accredited by ASCEL, SLG and SLA)

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    Setting Up Your School Library

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