Group Status: Lots of great titles to get our hands on!
..We are made up of 17 pupils mainly from Year 9 with two Years 10s! We are all very keen readers and we like a range of genres, including crime, mystery, romance, and dystopian fiction. Some of our favourite authors are John Green, Kiera Cass, Lauren Child, James Patterson and Jacqueline Wilson. So far we are well impressed with the 2018 Carnegie shortlist and enjoying our reading!
I grew up in the worlds created by Lorna Hill, Arthur Ransome, and Noel Streatfeild. Summer holidays were spent in libraries, or recreating the adventures I read with my brothers; climbing sand dunes to escape smugglers, building theatres (I’ll never forget the look on my poor mum’s face when she saw the curtain we’d strung up across the living room).
Joining the library profession meant not having to leave those worlds completely behind. I have been a librarian now for almost 30 years and I love it! I have worked mainly in education: in several schools, for the Schools Library Service, and in Academic libraries and have always loved meeting readers of all ages.
After 13 years in Queen’s University, where I worked for the Arts & Humanities team and Special Collections, I was delighted and excited to be appointed as College Librarian for Victoria College, Belfast last year. I am responsible for libraries on the Junior and Senior sites, and am also in the enviable position of having a Prep department to look after. With a nursery school also on site, I work with children from the age of 3 right up to 18. This gives me plenty of opportunity to indulge in my love of picture books as well as children’s and teen fiction.
Having closely followed the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards for many years, I am so proud to represent Northern Ireland on the judging panel. So far it has been an incredible experience and I can’t wait for a second year of reading brilliant books and many exciting hours spent talking about them.