And the winner is…

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No golden envelope hiccups here at Dulwich College as the Master, Dr Joe Spence, announced Stewart Foster as winner of the Trinity Schools Book Award for 2017.

The event was live tweeted with #tsba2017 if you want to check out the Twitter photos and you can read the TSBA blog write up here

It was a great evening with lots of enthusiasm for reading and writing. Both authors, Stewart Foster and Diana Hendry (The Seeing) gave thoughtful and thought-provoking answers to the questions that the students from participating schools had submitted for the Q&A session. In particular we enjoyed hearing about the books which had captured their young imaginations and how hearing their characters speak helps them move the story along.

Many thanks to all the sponsors for the goody bags, the staff and pupils who helped out on the day, the authors and their teams and most of all to all the students who read the stories, voted and came along to the ceremony.

Anticipation is mounting… #tsba2017

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We can’t believe it’s nearly time to announce the winners!

And it isn’t only the authors who can anticipate being prize winners on Tuesday evening as there are also prizes for the students who submit the Best Review and the Best Creative Response to a shortlisted book.

The fun will start in the Lower Hall with refreshments before we all head up to the Great Hall for the award ceremony, starting with those student winners (good luck to all have submitted entries!).

Before the announcement of the winning book there will be an authors’ panel session at which our special guests will answer questions. After the winner has been revealed and the applause has died down there’ll be a chance to meet the authors, pick up a goody bag* and take a look at all the creative responses which will be on display in the Lower Hall.

So, here as promised, are the remaining shortlisted books (again, no clues here for the winner):

There Will Be Lies, by Nick Lake

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She Is Not Invisible, by Marcus Sedgwick

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom

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The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness

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Many thanks to all the sponsors of the goody bags:

Faber & Faber, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, Quercus Children’s Books, Simon and Schuster, Walker Books, and Browns Books for Students.

Not long now…

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The Trinity Schools Book Award Prize Ceremony will be held at Dulwich College on Tuesday 7th March 2017.

There are 7 books on the TSBA shortlist and there have been some marvellous creative responses to them from students in all the schools participating in the awards voting.

Over the next week, we’ll feature each of the books (in no particular order so there’ll be no hint as to the winner!).

The Seeing by Diana Hendry

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You can find some reviews which have been posted to the TSBA blog here

Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

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More reviews from the TSBA blog here

Look out for more over the next few days 🙂

Archives and Library

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The Year 9 History Project is underway in the Wodehouse Library.

Either side of half term we’ll be welcoming Year 9 classes into the Wodehouse Library for the ‘Old Alleynians & the Great War’ Year 9 History Project.

Each Year 9 boy has been allocated an OA to research and their library sessions will offer them a chance to use Dulwich College Archive materials, such as Ormiston (a record which offers a summary of every OA since 1619). Boys will also use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to find memorials and final resting places of the OAs they are learning about with a little family history being added by the 1911 Census on Ancestry Library.

The project also prompts boys to look at more of our online resources, like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ONDB) and undertake some detective work on sites around the school campus too.

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New Items in the Wodehouse Library

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Here’s a selection of what’s new on the shelves here in the Wodehouse Library

You can find more on the New Items display in the Inner Room and more besides on the end of shelf displays.

The #PeriodicalsRoom shelves are sporting fewer Trump covers this week, even if the new President’s words and actions aren’t dominating the news still. Philosophy Now back issues are on display and we encourage you to pick up and browse any/all of the titles on offer. Cycling Weekly is back after we paused delivery for the Christmas break and our penultimate copy of Creative Review is there to be read. Do feedback to the Art Department if you read this title and value it as we’re not planning to renew the subscription.

We’ve been busy over the past few weeks with Year 11 wellbeing classes covering plagiarism avoidance and the Year 9 History Project is coming up in the weeks before and straight after half term. Year 10s are not forgotten this Lent Term in the Wodehouse as planning has started for their Free Learning Day in March.

Finally, Phil the chameleon has settled into his new home well. Pop in and say hello to him 🙂

Round up

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We’re taking advantage of a quiet moment to round-up the start to Lent Term here in the Wodehouse Library.

Year 11s came back from the Christmas break straight into GCSE mock exams, so the Inner Room in particular has been a hive of activity for the past 9 or 10 days. It wasn’t always a peaceful hive of activity for anyone using the library (although there were moments!) but fingers crossed the results will be encouraging.

Today sees a return to lessons for the lucky Y11 boys so we’re looking forward to welcoming them all into the library for their wellbeing classes on plagiarism avoidance over the next fortnight.

The Periodicals Room has somewhat more than a fair smattering of covers featuring President-Elect Donald Trump. Earlier we ran a few of these covers by some Upper School boys who were in there reading and they agreed that the most striking was the NewStatesman’s Twitter/cuckoo clock effort.

One of the most exciting things to have happened though is the arrival of our new chameleon. Not yet officially named, he is around 18 months old, largely emerald green in colour (we are told he turns yellow at night), quite sociable and hungry! He joins us behind the Issue Desk to the chirping of crickets.

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Readers of this blog will recall that the Wodehouse Library has been home to 2 other chameleons, Vernon and Colin.

Finally we should add our current reads in case you need inspiration over the weekend:

Echo Burning by Lee Childs

The Humans by Matt Haig

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Girls by Emma Cline

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Libraries in books

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Another opportunity to let your minds wander off and recall something you read in a book.

This interview with Frank Cottrell-Boyce reminded us of the Unseen University in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and the laugh out loud moments we had with those books.

Can you remember a library featuring in a book you read?

Mention anything like this to Dr Croally and Ms McGuinness and you’ll get one gesturing wildly at the Issue Desk and the other scampering off to the shelves to bring back The Total Library : non-fiction, 1922-1986. Here’s a nugget:

“I owe my first inkling of the problem of infinity to a large biscuit tin that was a source of vertiginous mystery…” (p.160)

Prefer a chocolate chip cookie rather than a mystery from large biscuit tins myself but there’s something about a library that leads to biscuits eventually.