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Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

2015 Man Booker International Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 LogoThe 2015 Man Booker International Prize Shortlist writers have just been announced today on 24 March, 2015. The ten finalists were revealed by Professor Marina Warner at a press conference hosted at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The prize recognizes a writer for his/her achievement in fiction, and bestows them with a £60,000 award. This year marks the sixth time of the Man Booker International Prize being awarded.

Folio Prize Winner: Akhil Sharma for Family Life

Family Life by Akhil SharmaThe Folio Prize 2015 has announced a grand winner: Akhil Sharma has won the prize for his novel, Family Life. Sharma was awarded the prize on 23 March at a ceremony in King’s Cross, London, along with a cheque for £40,000. This was the second Folio Prize that has been awarded by the Folio Society. The Folio Society began the award last year to recognize outstanding English-language fiction, no matter the geography, genre, or form of the piece.

2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlists Announced

CILIP Book AwardsThe 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists were recently announced on Tuesday, 17th March. The medals are awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and are the oldest awards for children's books in the UK.

The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936 in the memory of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie established more than 2,800 libraries across the English-speaking world.

The Kate Greenaway Medal has been awarded since 1955 to distinguished illustrations in the world of children's books. The award is named after the 19th-century artist and children's illustrator, who was extremely gifted in the art of illustration herself.

Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist

CBI logoThe shortlist for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards was announced on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015. Ten titles were named to continue on to compete for the prestigious awards for both writing and illustration. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country. Award winners be announced on the 19th of May at the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist Announcement

Baileys women's prize for fiction 2015On Monday, 9th March the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announced the longlist for this year's prize of 2015. The prize is an annual award that acknowledges excellence, originality and accessibility in the writings of women from across the globe. It was launched in 1966, and is endowed by an anonymous donor. The prize includes a £30,000 cheque for the overall winner, in addition to a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie' which is created by artist Grizel Niven. 

This year's longlist includes 20 titles, with a variety of genres and styles included on the list. There are a number of both new and well-established writers included as well, representing a good variety of talent from across the field.

Folio Prize Announces Shortlist

Tenth of December by George SaundersOn Monday, 9 February the Folio Prize Chair of Judges William Fiennes, on behalf of the Folio Society, announced the much anticipated shortlist for this year's Folio Prize at the British Library. The prize recognises the best of English language-fiction from all across the globe, no matter the form, genre, or the author's country of origin. 

The Folio Society is a highly regarded publisher of beautiful editions of some of the world's greatest books, and their panel of judges took many months to deliberate on which books they should select.

This year's shortlist includes a rich spread of international voices, as well as both familiar prizewinners and newcomers. Each of the following selected pieces bolsters the role of storytelling as a way of helping us to make sense of the surrounding world.  

'H is for Hawk' is the 2014 Costa Book of the Year

H is for Hawk And the overall winner of the 2014 Costa Book Awards is... H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald! 

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize, "H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King . It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love." (book description).

What the judges said: "A unique and beautiful book with a searing emotional honesty, and descriptive
language that is unparalleled in modern literature."

Costa Book Awards 2014 Category Winners Announced

Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2014, now in its 43rd year, have been announced and are as follows:

Children's Book Category - 'Five Children on the Western Front' by Kate Saunders.

The Novel Category - 'How to be Both' by Ali Smith.

First Novel Category - 'Elizabeth Is Missing' by Emma Healey.

Biography Category - 'H is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald.

The Poetry Award - 'My Family and Other Superheroes', a collection by Jonathan Edwards.

Liveline Listener's Top Irish Book of 2014 is...

Tom GilmartinIf you had been listening to Joe Duffy's Liveline programme on RTÉ Radio One today you would have heard Dublin City librarians Alison Lyons and Damien O'Shaughnessy contribute to a wonderful discussion on the top books of 2014. Ex-staff member Hugh Comerford also got a mention by Joe, well done all! 

The programme today of course was given over to a discussion of the candidate books and the selection of the Liveline listener's top Irish Book of 2014. The winner was finally announced at just before 3pm after the listeners' votes were in and counted and, with no further ado, we can reveal that the winner was... 'Tom Gilmartin' by Frank Connolly! Congratulations to Frank on a wonderful win and on producing a very compelling read.

In order of the Listeners' Votes (with links to library catalogue records):

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