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PATRICK NESS GIVES INAUGURAL SIOBHAN DOWD TRUST MEMORIAL LECTURE

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

The Siobhan Dowd Trust is delighted to announce that Patrick Ness, two time Carnegie medal winner and Author of A Monster Calls (among others!) will be the first person to give the Siobhan Dowd Memorial Lecture.

It will be given at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Saturday 16th August, 5pm.

You can buy tickets for it HERE

YALC: WATCH THE MOVIE!

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

On Saturday 12th July the Siobhan Dowd Trust arranged for 75 students and their teachers / librarians to come to the first ever YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention organised by Childrens Laureate Malorie Blackman

They came from 15 different schools from all over the country: Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport, Bolton, Mansfield, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Watford and London, and we organised and paid for their entrance tickets and train fares.

See a short movie about their day YALC – THE MOVIE

THE WINNERS ARE…

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Latest News, Teachers and Librarians | 0 comments

    

2014 SLA/Siobhan Dowd Trust School Library Competition

 

The Siobhan Dowd Trust is delighted to announce an increased number of winners for the School Library Competition for 2014. 8 schools will get cash awards of £500, while another 4 will get awards of £1,500, £3,000, £3,000 and £6,000.

 

Kate Powling, Director of the Trust said: “We were pleased to get so many entries for our school library competition, but shocked at how much need the entries demonstrated; it seems there are lots of libraries in schools without rooms, librarians, and in some cases books”.

 

The winners were announced at the Schools Library Association conference in Manchester, and a local school Light Oaks Junior School in Salford won the top prize. The Library at Light Oaks has suffered an arson attack and a flood so the Judges felt it was time to attempt to reverse their run of bad luck. In their winning application, teacher Hannah Burke wrote “On reading of your exciting competition, I was bursting with enthusiasm to enter as I believe our cries for help have been heard. The desperate need for money to re-establish our library has been felt by all the staff, pupils and parents of our school”.

 

This years Judges were: Tony Bradman (Author and Chairman of the Siobhan Dowd Trust), Carol Webb (the Librarian at Forest Hill School, South London & the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2011), Charlotte Hacking (Teaching and Learning Manager at the Centre of Literacy in Primary Education) and James Dawson (ex-Primary teacher, YA Author and Queen of Teen nominee).

 

The Siobhan Dowd Trust is a charity that was set up by the Author Siobhan Dowd to use the royalties from her books to fund reading projects for disadvantaged young readers.

 

For more information, please email Kate Powling on director@siobhandowdtrust.com

 

www.siobhandowdtrust.com Follow us on Twitter: @sdowdtrust

 

 

 

“The most important room in any school is the library.

Every school needs one.”  Anthony Horowitz

 

            

 

 

2014 School Library Competition THE WINNERS ARE:

 

FIRST PRIZE £6000 – Light Oaks Junior School, Salford

 

JOINT RUNNERS UP £3000 – Thameside Primary School, Abingdon

                                                    Oasis Academy, Southbank, London

 

EXTRA RUNNER UP £1500 – Kelmscott School, Walthamstow, London

 

ALL SHORTLISTED SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE £500:

Primary shortlist –

             Fernhill Primary, Farnborough

             Gloucester Primary, Southwark

             St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Flintshire

             St Silas School, Liverpool 

Secondary shortlist –

             Heartlands High School, Haringey

             Lilian Baylis Technology School, Southwark

             Farnborough School Technology College, Nottingham

             Alsop High School, Liverpool

 “Reading is almost an extension to dreaming. Books are the essential access to knowledge and understanding. Every school HAS to have it’s own library. Literacy then is not simply a taught subject, it is a Joy.” Michael Morpurgo

SCHOOL LIBRARY COMPETITION SHORTLIST

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

We had 137 entries to our school library competition. There were lots of very good applications and we wish we could support them all. 

However, the following schools have been shortlisted by our Judges and will go through to the next stage.

They are 6 Primary schools and 6 Secondary schools:

             Fernhill Primary, Farnborough

             Gloucester Primary, Southwark

             Thameside Primary, Oxfordshire 

             Light Oaks Junior School, Salford

             St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Flintshire

             St Silas School, Liverpool 

             Heartlands High School, Haringey

             Lilian Baylis Technology School, Southwark

             Farnborough School Technology College, Nottingham

             Kelmscott School, Walthamstow

             Alsop High School, Liverpool 

             Oasis Academy, Southwark        

We have a great Judging panel – Tony Bradman (Author & Siobhan Dowd Trust Chairman), Kevin Crossley-Holland (Author & President of the Schools Library Association), Charlotte Hacking (Centre of Literacy in Primary Education), Carol Webb (Librarian at the Forest Hill school and the SLA Librarian of the Year 2011) and YA Author and ex-Primary teacher James Dawson (you may also know him as a Queen of Teen nominee).

The winning schools will be announced at the Schools Library Association Conference in Manchester on Friday June 20th. Each shortlisted school will get a box of books – CONGRATULATIONS you 12, there was stiff competition!

YALC TICKET & TRAVEL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY – THE TRUSTEES HAVE JUST APPROVED A SMALL BUDGET TO HELP SCHOOLS ATTEND THE YALC IN LONDON JULY 12-13.

YALC is the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, and is the brainchild of Childrens’ Laureate, Malorie Blackman. 

It will take place at the London Film and Comic Con 2014 (LFCC) , and will bring together the UK’s YA publishers to provide a host of author events in a dedicated Book Zone, with talks, workshops, signings, a book sales area and publisher stands promoting new and upcoming titles.

The event will aim to showcase UK YA’s best books and authors, as well as bringing international authors to UK audiences.

We’re looking for secondary school teachers and librarians who would like to bring a student (or three!) to London to attend a day’s worth of events. The trust’s remit is to bring the joy of reading to disadvantaged children and young people, so we would like this to be a consideration when you are considering which students to bring. We do interpret disadvantage in various ways.

We have a limited supply of tickets and budget for travel, but would like to provide funding for several groups to attend. If you are interested in applying for a place, please email Kate at director@siobhandowdtrust.com and give us the following information:

Name of school

Pupil Premium Number (or free school meals number – please state which)

Where you would be travelling from:

How many students you would be travelling with: ( a number of emails today have asked to bring an entire group. We would like a number of schools to have the opportunity to bring students, so think at this stage we would limit the offer to 3 students and 1 teacher. If you would like to bring more, you may be able to persuade your Headteacher to foot the bill for the rest with their pupil premium funds. We would like priority to be given to disadvantaged young readers who you judge would get the most from attending the convention).

Why it should be you (please: no complicated attachments, photos, essays – a tweet sized answer of 140 characters will be perfectly acceptable!)

The lucky schools will be notified by email and Twitter – follow us for news on this and other future small grants: @sdowdtrust

The budget for this isn’t huge, so best for anyone interested to get in touch pronto… the deadline for applications will be June 1st.

A MONSTER CALLS – THE MOVIE

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

If you are a Siobhan Dowd Trust Twitter follower – @sdowdtrust – or a Patrick Ness follower – @Patrick_Ness – you will be aware of some of the very exciting rumours about the movie adaptation of A MONSTER CALLS.

More official news is due very soon we hope… but here’s what we do definitely know:

The release date is currently scheduled for October 2016.

It is to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (who directed The Orphanage and The Impossible).

It is being produced by Belen Atienza (who produced Pan’s Labyrinth).

And written by Patrick.

IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. (That is Official!)

SCHOOL LIBRARY COMPETITION – NOW CLOSED

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

SORRY – THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED… THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 20TH AT THE SCHOOLS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR GRANTS BY EMAILING KATE – EXCEPTIONAL CASES WILL ALWAYS BE CONSIDERED!

 

Lots of ideas, but short of cash?

The Siobhan Dowd Trust wants to hear from you

If your school library could do with a boost in the form of a much needed face lift, new book stock or some professional expertise please get in touch. We are working with THE SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, who will be offering their expertise and contacts and help us judge the schools where some Trust funding would help the most.

We are offering 3 cash prizes – £6,000 and two runner-up awards of £3,000 each.

You need to demonstrate evidence of need, coupled with enthusiasm and a good plan for your library and how it would make a difference to pupils.

Best of all – we’d love to hear from the kids themselves. Please email director@siobhandowdtrust.com with an outline about why and how we could help your school library.

Name of School:

Your name:

Contact number / email:

Percentage of pupils on free school meals *

*Sorry, but fee-paying schools are not eligible for entry. We’ve asked about the percentage of pupils on free school meals, a rough guide we know and while schools in leafy areas are not ruled out, we do exist to favour readers from a disadvantaged background.

What we do that’s special (50-250 words please):

 

 

 

 

Closing date: May 1st 2014

(Winners will be announced at the June 2014 SLA Weekend Course in Manchester)

SIGN UP TO BE A TRUST TWITTER FOLLOWER!

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Latest News, Media | 0 comments

 We use Twitter to announce new projects and opportunities and try to re-tweet things we think will be of interest that are good cause, reading for pleasure and Patrick Ness related!

Follow us: @sdowdtrust

GUARDIAN BOOKCLUB ON “A MONSTER CALLS”

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Latest News, Media | 0 comments

A Monster Calls was the subject of the July Guardian book club. Check out the on-line write-up HERE

BRAND NEW GRANTS

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Latest News | 1 comment

We’ve just has our summer Trustees meeting, and considered lots of strong grant applications all aiming to encourage the joy of reading in various innovative and exciting ways. Trustees decided to support a number of initiatives large and small and exciting and in a wide range of locations throughout the UK. We’ve now funded projects in: Lanarkshire, Belfast, Blaenau Gwent, Bootle, the Wirrall, Oxford, Plymouth, North Yorkshire, Southwark, Croydon, Leeds, Ireland plus schools all over the country!

Watch this space for news of the Autumn School Libraries competition which is designed to give 3 winning schools a boost of cash and expertise for their library…

The new grants made are:

July 2013:

£15,000 for a new campaign supporting School Libraries. This will be a competition run with the Schools Library Association to provide an injection of funding and expertise to school libraries in need of a makeover. This will be launched in the autumn and will mean one grant of £6,000 and two grants of £3,000 plus consultations with a trained librarian to the schools that demonstrate the most need for help. Watch this website or twitter (@sdowdtrust) for further details in September!

£5,000 to Reading Force, which runs book groups for families in the armed services. This can be linking the kids and their Mum and Dad away on active service through reading the same book. £3,500 is going to support a large group in Plymouth and £1,500 to help set up a new group in North Yorkshire. Crucially, our support means Reading Force can claim match funding, so our £5,000 will bring in another £5,000 from elsewhere.

£5,000 to support book buying at the new Bootle Children’s Book Festival. Their aim is to give every child in Bootle a book of their choice.

In the same area, £1,500 to buy teenage books for a project run by The Reader Organisation for Young Adults in Leasowe Library. 

£2,000 worth of  new books to the Leeds Children’s Charity which runs short residential breaks in Cumbria for disadvantaged kids from Leeds. The list of the problems their children come to them with includes poverty, abuse, neglect, domestic violence and many are also young carers, so they clearly fit the criteria in Siobhan’s will, i.e. ‘spreading the joy of reading to those that need it most’.

£1,000 worth of new books for a primary school in Blaenau, Gwent that approached us for a possible one-off book donation. This is exactly the kind of school that our School Library Competition with the SLA is designed to help, but the Trustees felt the letter from a Volunteer Mum demonstrated exactly the kind of need we should be addressing, so we are putting together a selection of new books to arrive in time for lending during the summer holidays.

 

May 2013:

£2,000 funding for 10th Anniversary film of Letterbox, the scheme that sends books to children in care. The Siobhan Dowd Trust funded a pilot project  for sending books to teenagers, one of the first grants we ever gave.

 

January 2013:

Funding for extending Readwell to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast, initially for one year. Readwell is a charity that provides books and storyteller visits to children ill in hospital. Every term over 200 new books arrive in the wards for the use of patients and their siblings.