I was fortunate enough, the other month, to be able to go along to the regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz at Lady Manners School in Bakewell. With over twelve teams of four, from all over the area the hall was buzzing with excitement.
Not to be left out of the quizzing, myself and Emma Pass formed ‘Team Unicorn’, made up of ourselves and some very knowledgeable students from the host school, we even got the high score! Unfortunately, as we’re not kids and as we actually work in books, our score wasn’t allowed (but to be honest, we never would’ve got that score without the students’ help!).
So yesterday I headed down to the final of the quiz, held at London City School for Girls. Rather than making up a team this time, fellow authors Lucy Coats, Helen Moss, Andy Briggs, Lisa Williamson and Margaret Bateman Hill and myself sat at the front, desperately whispering answers to each other with mouths hidden behind papers, or shrugging, clueless. It was perhaps a good job we weren’t keeping scores – the questions were considerably harder than the rounds and I’m certain we would’ve scored the lowest in the room!
Armed with buzzers and taking things seriously, the eighteen schools battled it out through five rounds such as ‘Creatures’, ‘Authors’ and ‘First Lines’ (Lucy Coats was the Queen of the Creatures round!
It was a hard fought battle and the top three schools were –
In third place….Our Lady’s Abingdon School from Oxford.
And second…George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.
But ultimately the winner, and jetting off to Canada for the world’s final was…Kingston Grammar School, South London!
Afterwards, celebration tea was had, with the most excellent cake!
And I was very happy to have my slice cut for me by the Guest Author and speaker, Meg Rosoff.
There was also a bookstall, and I had the chance to talk to some of the students, congratulate them on their incredible knowledge and love of books!
It was also great to spend time with the other authors AND learn how to peel a banana the proper way from the ‘Tarzan a legend reborn’ series author, Andy Briggs!
(FYI – This is not Andy peeling the banana)
Congratulations to everybody, and hats off to Quiz Master Extraordinaire Wayne Mills MNZM.