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Come behind the scenes of the 2020 Carnegie Greenaway Awards

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United Kingdom
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Come behind the scenes of the 2020 Carnegie Greenaway Awards

Have you been enjoying shadowing the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shortlists this year? Want to find out more about our judges, authors and illustrators? In this exciting and lively webinar, our host Amy McKay, the National Coordinator for the CKG Awards, will be joined by 2020 Shortlistees: including Dean Atta, Nick Lake, Anthony McGowan, Marcus and Julian Sedgwick, Chris Vick, and Chris Naylor-Ballesteros and Beth Waters. Offering insights into the world of judging, Amy is also joined by the Chair of Judges, Julia Hale, and other members of the 2020 judging panel.

Shadowers can get top tips from shortlisted illustrators and find out more about what inspired this year’s shortlisted authors. Do you have a burning question for one of our authors, illustrators or judges? Send them in advance via the CKG website by clicking on the book page and discover the answers live during the webinar.

We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating this year’s shortlists.


How can Shadowers take part? Information for Group Leaders, Parents and Carers

If your child would like to take part in watching this webinar live, parents/carers can register on their behalf. Children under 16 should be supervised by an adult when taking part in the live webinar. Please note that the webinar is recorded and the video will be uploaded to a public webpage; microphones will be muted on entry to the webinar and videos should be switched off for participants under 16 to protect their privacy. Young people taking part in the live webinar will have the opportunity to send in their questions during the webinar using the Chat function and these questions will be read aloud by the CILIP host.

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About the Presenters

Dean AttaDean Atta has been named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. His work has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4, often dealing with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up. Dean regularly performs across the UK and internationally. His latest book, The Black Flamingo, follows a mixed-race gay teen as he spreads his wings at university as a drag performer; a bold story about embracing your uniqueness and finding your inner strength.

Ask Dean a question.


Nick LakeNick Lake was born in Britain but grew up in Luxembourg, where his father worked for the European Parliament. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find. He has won the prestigious Printz Award for his novel In Darkness, and has been twice-shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Nick lives in a picture-postcard village in Oxfordshire with his wife and family. His long commute to work gives his imagination time to explore places he’s never visited.

Ask Nick a question.


Anthony McGowanAnthony McGowan is the author of many critically acclaimed YA novels and won the 2006 BookTrust Teenage Prize, the 2007 Catalyst Award and has been shortlisted for a raft of other major children’s literature prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for Rook in 2018. McGowan was born in Manchester, attended school in Leeds and now lives in London.

Ask Anthony a question.


Chris Naylor-BallasterosChris Naylor-Ballesteros is originally from Bradford and studied illustration and graphic design at Bradford College of Art. In 2000 he moved to France where, amongst other things, he was an English teacher before working in newspaper layout and design. When his children were small he realised he loved the picture books he read to them, sometimes even more than his children did – the Picture Book Bug had truly bitten. Chris has since written and illustrated several books and is currently thinking about the next one, probably with a cuppa in hand at home near Limoges.

Ask Chris a question.


Marcus SedgwickMarcus Sedgwick is the author of many celebrated novels for young adults, including the Michael L Printz award winning Midwinterblood. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.



Julian SedgwickJulian Sedgwick is the author of six books for children, including the critically-acclaimed Dark Satanic Mills, which he co-authored with his brother Marcus. The Black Dragon, the first book in Julian’s Mysterium trilogy, was the winner of the 2013 Rotherham Children’s Book Award.

Ask Marcus and Julian a question.

Chris Vick

Chris Vick is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. In between writing and teaching, Chris works for a whale and dolphin conservation charity and is a proud member of Authors4Oceans. He lives near Bath with his wife and daughter. Girl. Boy. Sea. is his third novel.

Ask Chris a question.



Beth WatersBeth Waters is an illustrator, author, printmaker originally from Yorkshire now living and working in Cambridge, UK. Beth studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and then the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art; the combination of stories and images is what she loves best! Beth’s debut picture book, Child of St Kilda (Child’s Play UK, 2019) is illustrated entirely using hand mono printing techniques and minimal digital edits.

Ask Beth a question.


Julia Hale

Julia Hale is the 2020 Chair of Judges, leading the 14 librarian judges in the longlisting, shortlisting and winner selection for the 2020 Medals. Julia is Schools Library Advisor for Plymouth City Council Library Services and has held numerous job titles over twenty years in local authority libraries, including Surestart Development worker, cataloguing assistant, Branch Manager and Young People’s Services Manager.

Ask Julia and the judges a question



Amy McKay is a school librarian in Corby, Northamptonshire. She was School Librarian of the Year 2016-17 and has been the National Coordinator for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals since 2014. She is passionate about children’s literature, encouraging reading for pleasure and all things CKG.



This webinar is free and open to all. 

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