Book Award finale 2015

smart-978144723667201Kim Slater’s ‘Smart’ was voted best book by Tower Hamlets pupils in the 2015 Tower Hamlets Book Award.

Kim was presented with the award at the grand finale at Swanlea Secondary School on Friday 27th November.

Kim previously wrote about how impressed she was with pupils’ work based on her book when she visited schools this month


“Smart” is a powerful story of an autistic young boy with a difficult home life trying to discover the mystery behind the death of a homeless man in his neighbourhood.  Kim Slater occasionally uses tough language to deal with issues of homelessness, domestic violence and neglect as well as telling an exciting and gripping adventure / detective story.

THBA2015BannerNearly 300 pupils and teachers attended the award from 29 schools to watch performances based on the shortlisted books and find out which book would win the coveted Tower Hamlets Book Award.

Award2015cManjot Bami, Swanlea School’s librarian, made the announcement to loud cheers from the audience who clearly agreed with the vote!

Present at the finale were four of the shortlisted authors who met pupils and signed books throughout the afternoon – Kim Slater, Sam Gayton, G.R. Gemin, and Polly Ho-yen. The Schools Library Service would like to thank Manjot Bami and all of the staff at Swanlea Secondary School for all of their help and for letting us use their hall, and to Bow Secondary School for loaning us a stage!

Sam, Giancarlo, Polly and Kim wait as the winner is announced
Sam, Giancarlo, Polly and Kim wait as the winner is announced


St Pauls Primary School won the presentation competition – appropriately based on Smart. Blue Gate Fields Juniors were commended on their performance of Lilliput by Sam Gayton.

Award2015bWinners of the bookmark competition were also awarded prizes and will see their work in print in 2016. The winners were:

  • Aniqa Ahmed from Marion Richardson School
  • Hafsa Uddin from Woolmore School
  • Janna Firdaws from Marion Richardson School
  • Mahmuda Begum from Lansbury Lawrence School
  • Maria Aziz from Old Palace School
  • Yasmeen Ayesha Raynor from Old Palace School

Aniqa Ahmed Marion Richardson Hafsa Uddin Woolmore Janna Firdaws Marion Richardson Mahmuda Begum Lansbury Lawrence Maria Aziz Old Palace Yasmeen Ayesha Raynor Old Palace


















Some of the competition runners-up

Congratulations to everyone who entered. I’m sorry that we can’t display all of the entries – we hope to see more of your amazing artwork next year.

postcard montage 2015

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