Branford Boase winners announced

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12 July 2013
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imports_WRI_0-h97so7l3-100000_89209.jpg Branford Boase winners announced
Editor David Fickling and author Dave Shelton have won the Branford Boase Award for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat ...
Editor David Fickling and author Dave Shelton have won the Branford Boase Award for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
The prize is awarded annually to the author and editor of the most outstanding debut novel for children.
Dave Shelton said: 'I am especially delighted to win the Branford Boase Award because of the way it draws attention to the important role of the editor in the writing process, especially in the case of first novels. Having rather drifted into writing, after starting out purely as an illustrator, I had genuine doubts as to whether I would fall flat on my face when faced with the fabulous opportunity of writing my first children's novel. David Fickling's gentle editorial hand ensured I never quite lost my balance.'
It is the third time that editor and publisher David Fickling has won the Branford Boase Award. He has now won it more times than any other editor.
In the September issue of Writing Magazine, you can read David Fickling's and Dave Shelton's thoughts on writing for children and children's publishing.


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