Events 2017-18

Details of events past and future relating to the 2017-18 Award can be found below.

You can also view our archive of events from earlier years.

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It's going to be EPIC!!! DBA Finale + World Book Day 2018!

Thursday 1st March 2018, The Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD

The Biggest Book Show On Earth!

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The DBA Committee are very excited to announce the following amazing line-up of guest authors who will be appearing at our Finale at the Dome on Thursday 1st March 2018.

For the first time ever we will be joining in with the national World Book Day celebrations for what promises to be an absolutely fabulous event.

Amazing authors and illustrators read and live-draw in this one-of-a kind, unmissable event. Including:

  • Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya's Bake Me A Story)
  • Cressida Cowell (The Wizard of Once)
  • Andy Griffiths (The 13-Storey Treehouse)
  • Dermot o'Leary (Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape)
  • Cathy Cassidy (The Chocolate Box Girls)
  • Hosted by Steven Butler (The Nothing to See Here Hotel)

Don’t miss out - come along and help us celebrate the joy of stories with some of your favourite authors. Book your places now by contacting Lynne Coppendale.

Places are sure to go very quickly, so don’t delay, book yours today!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Is this the best Panto workshop ever?

Friday 29th December 2017

Is this the Best Panto workshop Ever? OH YES IT IS!!!

Do you want to visit the magical world of Narnia this Christmas and enjoy a fantastic day of drama and song?

Then book your place at our fabulous, free panto-in-a-day workshop on 29th December 2017 at Doncaster’s Little Theatre. Children will have the opportunity to work with the terrifically talented James Worthington and his colleagues from the Talegate Theatre Company, and will learn and perform a panto in a day. Our theme this year is the magical land of Narnia, and it will be spellbinding stuff!

The workshop will run from 10 am until 3.30 pm (approx.) with a performance planned for 3 pm. Children will require a packed lunch.

Can they learn an entire show in just one day? Oh yes they can!!

To book a place, or to find out more, please contact Lynne Coppendale as soon as possible.

As places are, sadly, limited, they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Anthony McGowanBrock, Pike, Rook, Fall... It's All About Anthony at Armthorpe!

Wednesday 22 November 2017

As part of participating in the Doncaster Book Award, Armthorpe Academy hosted a visit by the highly acclaimed YA and children's author Anthony McGowan. Mexborough Academy and Hallcross Academy joined Armthorpe year 7 students to meet the author and to listen to him tell them about his books and how he became a writer.

View our report and photos from the Anthony McGowan event

Chris Mould and Matt HaigHo! Ho! Ho! Matt Haig and Chris Mould are back for more!

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Back by popular demand, this autumn the DBA were once again proud to welcome the wonderful Matt Haig and Chris Mould!

To celebrate Father Christmas and Me, the latest book in their highly successful A Boy Called Christmas series, the dynamic duo appeared at St Peter's Primary School, Doncaster.

Read our report and photos from the Matt Haig and Chris Mould event

Vlogging WorkshopVlogging Workshop: A Fun Friday's Filming at The Point

Friday 3rd November 2017

This autumn half term, The Point Arts Centre was the venue for a brand new and exciting ‘Vlogging’ workshop to help launch our new ‘Reading Champions’ project.

Full Report and Photos from the Vlogging Workshop

Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson with pupils on the big red sofaLaunch Event with Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson

Our DBA launch event on 18th October was the biggest ever, with over 1500 children taking part in a fun-filled celebration of poetry, pictures and stories at the Doncaster Dome with our special guests Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson.

Full Report and Photos from the 2017-18 Launch Event

Read an article about the launch on the Gingerbread House home educators' blog

Much more to come!

Keep checking back regularly for full details of our other events in 2017-18. In the meantime, why not check out all our fantastic events from last year?

Huge queue for signing

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) to find out more.


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