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Get lost – in a book! By Cathy Wright, NCW Librarian and Head of Key Stage 3

Once again the students at NCW have been getting stuck into Carnegie Shadowing – the scheme for children and young people across the UK as they shadow the prestigious Carnegie Medal. The books which are shortlisted for this coveted award have been provided in braille and large print for our students to read, so that they can join in with other students across the country and decide which of these eight marvellous books should win the medal.

To our surprise and delight, we were invited to attend the ceremony at the British Library on 18th June. Not only that but one of our students, Carys White, was invited to give a speech describing the importance of shadowing to her and also the importance of accessible versions of the books for readers with visual impairment.

The occasion was absolutely marvellous. One of our favourite books, The Hate U Give, won the Amnesty Honour Award, and we actually met the author, Angie Thomas. Martha from year 10 had a proper chin-wag with the author of the winning book, Where the world ends, which she loved, but I think the most extraordinary memory we will all take away from the day was Carys’ speech. This was absolutely inspirational and was easily equal to any of the speeches from famous authors and other important figures from the world of children’s literature. The lengthy applause was still ringing in our ears as we caught the train home.

Who knows what Carnegie Shadowing 2019 will bring?

Carys with Audience - photographer: © Katariina Jarvinen

Listen here to Carys' speech and her later interview with Red Szell for RNIB Talking Books