Events 2016-17

See below for full details and information about our past events from the 2016-17 Award.

Details of all our events in the current year can be found on the Events page.

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

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Grand Finale Event (4 Apr 2017)

Disgusting Doncaster Event

Jeremy Strong Event (14 Jun 2017)


Jeremy StrongJeremy Strong Makes a Splash in Doncaster

Wednesday 14th June 2017

This June, Doncaster Book Award was absolutely delighted to pay host to the ever-popular author Jeremy Strong.

View our full report and photos from the Jeremy Strong event

Disgusting DoncasterDisgusting Doncaster at CAST

January and Easter 2017

DBA worked with Talegate Theatre to produce a "Disgusting Doncaster" play which appeared at the Cast Theatre over Easter.

View our full report, photos and video from the Disgusting Doncaster event

2017 FinaleGrand Finale Event

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.

View our full report and photos from the 2017 Grand Finale

Disgusting DoncasterDisgusting Doncaster

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) for more information.

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Kev F Sutherland in actionPencil Power triumphs at The Point!

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.

View our full report and photos from the Kev F Sutherland event

Dave Days Poetry Workshops

November 2016

We had an immense response to Dave Cryer's formidable workshops celebrating DBA's poetry shortlist.

Feedback and Photos from the Dave Days events, November 2016

The Storm WhaleBenji Davies Event

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.

Event Report and Photos from the Benji Davies event, 24 November 2016

Chris Mould and Matt HaigMatt Haig and Chris Mould present The Girl Who Saved Christmas

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.

Full Report and Photos from the Matt Haig and Chris Mould Event

Julian ClaryLaunch of the 2016-17 Award

Wednesday 5th October 2016
Doncaster Dome

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.

Full report and photos

Article in the Yorkshire Post about the launch event
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Much more to come!

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?

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.