Tony Mitton

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Branford Boase Award Shortlist 2018

By tonymitton, May 2 2018 09:37AM

This is just to say that my recent novel 'Potter's Boy' is on the Shortlist this year for the Branford Boase Award, announce today 2nd May. There are seven titles on the shortlist. The Branford Boase Award is for first novels marketed as being for anyone of 7 years and indefinitely upward of that. It seems to be characterised as a 'children's book award'. That's the overall feel of it, looking at the shortlist. But some titles on the lists, Potter's Boy not least, have a distinct crossover character, I would say.

This is really good news. The Branford Boase is considered a prestigious award in the children's book world these days. Winning or not, being on the shortlist is an accolade in its own right.

I am still holding back from beginning a second novel, not because I have doubts, but because I'm busy dealing with archive sorting (my own) and with editing and small publishing my adult poems. The first volume of those, called Breath Words, is now published. For news of that see my adult poetry website at

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