SLA Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Book Award is returning - and we need your help to decide what books should make the list!


We are inviting all school library staff/those with school library responsibility in Northern Ireland to nominate two novels that meet the following criteria:


·         Published between 1st July 2018 and 30th June 2019

·         Fiction for the children’s or young adult market, with YA protagonists

·         A debut author (or an established author writing for this audience for the first time)

·         Written in English, or translated in to English for the first time within the time period stated above.


Please could you email your submissions to the SLANI Secretary, Cath Skipper, by Friday 11th October 2019:


The proposed timetable for this year’s award is as follows:


·         Nominations close: 11th October

·         Shortlist drawn up and registration begins (registration details will be sent out shortly)

·         January – Easter: shadowing in book groups

·         Easter term: competitions and activities ahead of the finale

·         June 11th (provisional): finale at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Chair: Kathy Lindsay

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Secretary: Cath Skipper

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