York Literature Festival Welcomes Carnegie Shortlisted Author

An author who has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Carnegie Medal will appear at the York Literature Festival this week welcomes. 

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Sally Nicholls, whose sixth novel “Things A Bright Girl Can Do” has been shortlisted for the CILIP’s Carnegie Medal, will give a talk about her book at The Mount School York on Thursday 28 March from 6pm-7pm. There will be a Q&A session after which the award-winning author will sign books. Copies of her novel will be available onsite from the Little Apple Bookshop.

After being named on the short list, Sally tweeted, “This is quite literally ten years of wishbones come true.”

Nick David, Chair of the York Literature Festival, said today, “The organisers heartily congratulate Sally on this marvellous achievement and look forward to welcoming her on Thursday.”

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The Carnegie Medal is awarded by the UK’s independent association for Library and information professionals. Sally thanked “you wonderful librarians, who read us and support us and thrust us into children’s hands.”

Three of the eight shortlisted novels for the 2019 Carnegie medal are coming-of-age stories in free verse.  The list has been noted for its diversity. 

Things A Bright Girl Can Do is set in England between 1914 and 1918, centring on three young women whose lives are affected by the Great War and the suffragette movement.

On Thursday in the afternoon and before the public event, Sally will hold a writing workshop at The Mount for students from Vale of York Academy, Queen Marys School and The Mount.

Tickets are still available to the public event in the evening. Bookings can be booked through the York Theatre Royal. Entry is free for U16s and adult tickets are £5 each.

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