Details of events past and future relating to the 2016-17 Award can be found below.
You can also view our archive of events from earlier years.
Grand Finale Event (4 Apr 2017)
4th April 2017
Once again the Doncaster Book Award smashed it, with a truly exceptional event to bring this year’s award to a close.
This April, the committee welcomed 800 children and their teachers to the Doncaster Dome for a fun day which celebrated the joy of books and reading and showcased the talent of our young people. Our guests included the wonderful performance poet, Joshua Seigal, the illustrator (and budding comedienne!), Liz Million, and the very funny, and famously bearded author, Philip Ardagh.
Tour of schools by Talegate Theatre
16th - 27th January 2017
Talegate Theatre Company will be touring schools 16-27th January 2017 with full-day workshops based around the book Discover Doncaster. Children will devise comical sketches based on the more horrible aspects of our town's history, which may feed into a play (Disgusting Doncaster!) which will appear at the Cast Theatre 7th/8th April 2017. Please contact lynnecoppendale(аt)doncasterbookaward.net for more information.
with Kev F Sutherland
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Budding artists were treated to two fantastic comic masterclasses this half term, as, by popular demand, the sensational Kev F. Sutherland returned to Doncaster.
In all, nineteen schools were represented, as well as some students from the Home Educators community, at the events which took place at ‘The Point’ Arts venue in the town centre, and a great time was had by all.
We had an immense response to Dave Cryer's formidable workshops celebrating DBA's poetry shortlist.
Thursday 24th November 2016
Town Field Primary School
The DBA and Waterstones were overjoyed to welcome Benji Davies, the author and illustrator of fantastic picture books The Storm Whale, The Storm Whale in Winter and Grandad's Island to Town Field Primary School on Thursday 24th November.
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Hexthorpe Primary School
Best-selling author Matt Haig and top illustrator Chris Mould visited Hexthorpe Primary School on Thursday 3rd November, where they talked about their new book The Girl Who Saved Christmas, the sequel to last year's smash-hit A Boy Called Christmas.
Wednesday 5th October 2016
This year’s launch event was our biggest and best ever, with over 1000 children taking part in a really fun-filled day. From a morning of poetry with A F Harrold, Suzy Senior and our very own Phil Sheppard, to Talegate Theatre’s crowd-surfing giant loo roll (really!!) to our author and illustrator event with Julian Clary and David Roberts, it certainly was an action-packed event.
Article in the Yorkshire Post about the launch event
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Keep checking back regularly for full details of our other events in 2016-17. In the meantime, why not check out all our fantastic events from last year?
The new home of the Doncaster Book Award is the Doncaster Dome! Here we will be able to cater for a much larger audience... now whole year groups can be accommodated! Interested schools are invited to contact lynnecoppendale(аt)doncasterbookaward.net to find out more.