First News - - YOUR NEWS - By Gemma Craig-Sharples

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.

There are lots more in­spir­ing events tak­ing place at Wim­ble­don Bookfest this Oc­to­ber. For more de­tails, visit


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