The Burgess Hill Best Book Awards

Julia Lee with Oakmeeds pupils SUS-151202-163127001
Julia Lee with Oakmeeds pupils SUS-151202-163127001

Launched this academic year, the Burgess Hill Best Book Awards (BHBBAs) are gathering pace with a great talk from author, Julia Lee, whose book ‘The mysterious misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth’ is one of the six books shortlisted for the Awards.

On January 28 students from Year 6 in the local primary schools and Year 7 at Oakmeeds came together to enjoy hearing from Julia Lee.

LRC Manager, Mrs Barrett, said: “We started the event with the announcement of the winner of our competition to design the logo for the BHBBAs and the unveiling of our new book stickers. The competition winner was Year 7 Oakmeeds’ student, Simon Wilson. Congratulations to Simon.”

Julia Lee then gave a fascinating talk about what made her become a writer and the books she has written to date, and answered lots of questions from the audience. She also signed copies of her award nominated book, as well as its sequel ‘The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard’, for the students. Year 7 Eva Malyon from Oakmeeds commented: “I thought that Julia Lee’s visit was inspirational. I particularly enjoyed how she let us into her writer’s life and gave us all the details of her writing experience.

“I also loved having the chance to interact with all the students who came from the primary schools. I hope there will be another visit like this one!”

This was the second of three meetings with all the schools together. The third and final meeting - at which voting will take place - is due to be held on Thursday 19 March 2015.

Mrs Barrett added: “Both Julia and our previous visiting author, Dave Shelton, commented on the fantastic audience and the high level of questioning they received.”

Report and picture contributed by Oakmeeds Community College.