The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist for 2018


OK, here we go! This year I will succeed!

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A seventeenth-century painting becomes the centre of a thirteen-year-old’s world.


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Railhead by Philip Reeve – Carnegie Shortlist 2017

The universe has more in store for Zen Starling than small-time thievery.


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Sputnik’s Guide To Life On Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce – Carnegie Shortlist 2017

Sea chests, gravity surfing, and cow palaces.


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It’s Happening Right Now

A Villanelle poem written for my creative writing course at City Lit.

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[Image credit: Noaa Office of Ocean Exploration, found on The Guardian website]

Just came across this article on The Guardian this morning too about toxic pollution found in the deepest ocean trench on Earth, so makes the poem ever more topical.

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