School to host novels awards

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A SHEFFIELD secondary school is to host an awards ceremony honouring the year’s best graphic novels.

The second Stan Lee Excelsior Awards will be presented at Ecclesfield School on Friday, July 6.

Special guests will be Andy Diggle, who has written stories for Batman, Green Arrow, Hellblazer and Daredevil, and Ian Churchill, writer of Marineman – A Matter of Life and Depth.

Ecclesfield’s school librarian Paul Register, who founded the awards, said eight books had made the shortlist and over 2,000 votes had been received from young people all over the country. The top three titles will win awards.

“Andy will be giving a short talk about his career in comics, his future plans and the importance of comics and literacy,” he said.

The event will also feature a book stall run by Sheffield Space Centre, while illustrator Dan Charnley will be selling original artwork.

And there will be a special award for the school that returned the most votes, winning a boxed set of eight Classical Comics titles.