The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. One of the main objectives of the prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and for many years the prize has worked closely with public libraries to engage a broad range of readers. Increasingly there has been an interest from school libraries in the Man Booker Prize and this year for the first time a range of resources and activities are being put in place specifically for schools and sixth form colleges.
The package is free to schools and comprises the following;
Hard copy resources:
If you would like to receive the package of display material simply send an email to Helen Thomas (helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk) and include the name of your school and school address by no later than Friday 29th June 2012. The resources will be sent to you at the beginning of the autumn
Man Booker Prize shadowing:
In addition to the above we are also looking for 6 school based library reading groups who would like to shadow the prize judging process. If you would like to be considered to be one of the 6 groups you need to have a group of students each of who are willing to read at least one of the six shortlisted titles between the announcement of the shortlist (11th September) and the announcement of the winner (16th October). Although every student doesn’t have to read every book all the books should be read by at least one member of the group. We’d ask you to provide a profile of your group for the Man Booker Prize website and we’d also like as many students as possible to participate in the online debate so they can share their views not only with students from across the country but also with readers from around the world. We will provide your group with 3 free copies of each of the shortlisted titles and invitations to a Man Booker event.
To apply to be one of our six Partner Reading Groups please send an email to helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk explaining in not more than 300 words why you would like to get involved with the Man Booker Prize and the anticipated benefits for your school by no later than Friday 29th June 2012. We will notify you before the end of this term if your school has been successful.
If you have any questions or queries relating to this initiative please do not hesitate to get in touch. Helen Thomas helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk Tel: 0121 246 2777
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