Our avid Nexus Bookworms had a fantastic day immersing themselves in the world of literature at the KYBA Book Awards. Hosted at The Eden Project, the students had the opportunity to hear from five authors shortlisted for KYBA (Kernow Youth Book Awards). The authors, including Ross Welford and Chris Higgins, gave presentations about the inspiration behind their writing, their methods in putting pen to paper and valuable words of wisdom to would-be writers. Students also had the chance to get books signed and ask questions to the authors, who gave freely of their time. Our students found the day highly inspiring and engaging.
Authors were keen to emphasise the power and pleasure of reading. Ross Welford, author of Bookworms’ favourite, The 1,000 Year Old Boy, was keen to stress the symbiotic relationship between reader and writer and that the magic of a story lay in connecting with the reader’s imagination. Cathy Macphail, author of the tense and twisty thriller Between the Lies, was announced as the winner of KYBA for 2019.
The message of the day was motivating: if you want to be a writer, get writing. Host and renown writer, Tim Bowler offered these parting words, “Write your dreams and shake up the world!” There are several of our Bookworms who will be taking up this challenge and we look forward to reading their efforts in the future.