Category Archives: awards

Clarke award: Our revels now are ended

After two years my duties as a Science Fiction Foundation judge for the Arthur C. Clarke award have come to an end. Last Wednesday we gave China Miéville the award for The City and The City: an unprecedent third win for the author who has already receieved the award twice before for Perdido Street Station […]

2010: welcome to the future

Happy new year to everyone! This post is 19 days late because I began the new year with a stinking cold and I didn’t even go out and play in the snow which has been 8 inches deep or more across Oxford. Here’s a view of my garden from my window. I only went out […]

Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award

The inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for an unpublished book for eight to 12-year-olds that reflects cultural diversity either through the story content or the ethnic origins of the author. The first award went to Cristy Burne for Takeshita Demons.

Judging the Clarke Award

Yesterday, the 29th of April, was the final judging meeting and the ceremony for the Arthur C. Clarke award. The judging meeting took all afternoon and although all details are confidential I cna confirm the chair of the judges comment that “it was a particularly intense and long shortlist meeting”. In the end the winner, […]

Judging the Clarke award

If there’s anyone left in the world who doesn’t know that I have the great honour to be a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2009, here’s a timely reminder. The judges (shown here and listed from left to right) are: Pauline Morgan (for SF Crowsnest.com) Ruth O’Reilly (for the British Science Fiction […]

Blogging Sisterhood Award

I have been given a Blogging Sisterhood Award by Scribble City Central. Lucy Coats writes: “Rhiannon has directed me to all sorts of wonderful places I never would have discovered without her. And she really (no, I mean REALLY) knows her stuff on the book front. A goldmine of interesting information. At least it is […]

Bad Blood shortlisted for Birmingham KS3 Chills Books Award

In its fifth year, the KS3 Books Award is organised by Birmingham Schools Library Service. All secondary schools plus five special schools across the city have received parcels of the 14 titles and librarians and teachers have spent the past two months encouraging reading groups to take part. A final winner will be named in […]

At the Guardian Award

I’ve been sick with a nasty cold recently so I’m late in updating my blog about the Guardian Award. The party was held in London, in the old press room. Writers and judges mingled with book world folk and the junior critics and I found myself the centre of a swarm of well-dressed and self-possessed […]

Grauniad Competition

Thanks to a tip from my friend Farah, I got hold of today’s Guardian to find an article about this year’s competition. Young critics (aged from 8 to 16) have been “shadowing” the award and the article is about their impressions of the books. “Bad Blood is a chilling read, not to be read after […]

Angus Book Award

I’ve just heard I’ve been longlisted for the Angus Book Award for Bad Blood. That takes my tally of longlistings to five. Huzzah! I haven’t actually won an award yet but it’s encouraging news.