Blake has been named the first UK Children's Laureate.
received the award from HRH the Princess Royal at a ceremony in London
on May 10th 1999.
Sophie and Alison from Manor High School, Wednesbury,
West Midlands were there to give us an exclusive report on the event.
"When the time came for the award to
be presented, I found myself feeling quite nervous! As Quentin Blake,
Anne Fine and Peter Dickinson went on-stage to meet HRH The Princess
Royal, I could almost see the tension in the room." More from
"Just as we were discussing who to try
and find next for an autograph the Princess came and talked to us. I
was really nervous but I think I answered her questions sensibly."
More from Sophie.
Kids on the Net -- Advice to young writers
from Quentin Blake, the new Laureate, shortlisted authors Anne Fine
and Peter Dickinson, plus Malorie Blackman, Joan Aiken, Val Biro and
lots of other famous authors at the ceremony. Also advice from Jacqueline
Wilson and Helen Cresswell.
But what will
the Children's Laureate really mean to children? Kids on the Net asked
the students from the Manor High School, Wednesbury, West Midlands,
UK, to explain how they helped to judge