DONALD Ear-Trumpet, monsters and Chris Riddell all made an appearance at last week’s Wimbledon Bookfest young writers prize-giving event at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
Accompanied by music from Joseph Haydn-Seek, Franz Sherbet, Felix Meddlesome and Ludwig van Beetlebrow, Chris Riddell gave an intriguing insight into his latest novel, Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony.
Speaking to the auditorium, Chris introduced several characters, brought to life through amazing live drawings. With the music played by the Merton-based Jigsaw Players, the audience watched, entranced, as Mademoiselle Badoit, Sparkling Lady Carole and Tailor Extremely-Swift among others appeared on screen, before students had the chance to ask Chris their own questions, chaired by First News Editor in Chief Nicky Cox.
In a lovely end to a fantastic morning, Chris presented certificates to the prize-winners of this year’s event, the theme of which was ‘monster’.
Polly Cameron from Putney High School was the overall winner, with her compelling short story Medusa, which poignantly explores what it’s like to be a monster.
All winners received a Wimbledon Bookfest goody bag, including a signed copy of Chris’ new book, and had their work published in a collection of winning and highly-commended entries from the competition.
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