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.
Sophie and Alison from Manor High School, Wednesbury,
West Midlands were there to give us an exclusive report on the event.
By Sophie, Year
8, Manor High School, Wednesbury, West Midlands, UK
I had to get up early (5.30 am) to be ready
in time for the train. We got a train from Tamebridge to Birmingham
New Street, then caught the 7.45 am to Euston. We got to Euston at 9.20
am and caught a taxi to the Theatre.
When we went inside we looked at the names of
the people who were going to be there (so we could look out for them
later on). Just as we were going out we met Michael Morpurgo and his
wife. At 11.00 am we met Michael Morpurgo officially and we got his
autograph. We talked to him for a while and he told me that he used
to have a dog that was a favourite of his that was called Sophie. He
signed the book I have of his called 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar'.
Next we went upstairs to the Theatre Foyer and
were presented with our certificates and 'goody bags' by Michael Morpurgo
and Lois Beeson who was the Administrator of the event. This was very
exciting. Just after that the famous people started to arrive and we
were running round to try and get their autographs.
Then the Princess Royal arrived and we all gathered
round and listened to the speeches. It was really interesting and exciting.
You could feel the tension building up as it got nearer to the announcement.
Quentin Blake was announced as the winner and gave an acceptance speech.
We then had dinner and 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.
We were one of the last to leave at about 3
pm. We then caught the tube to Oxford Circus and went to the BBC Experience
which was brilliant. You could present the weather, edit Eastenders
and make a radio programme. We had some tea and then caught the 7.15
pm train from Euston. We got to Birmingham at 8.50 pm and then had to
wait until 9.30 pm for a train to Tamebridge. We eventually got home
at 10.15 pm.