Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2008
Sophie Dahl is the author of two books, The Man with the Dancing Eyes and Playing with the Grown-ups. Her third; a food book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights will be published by HarperCollins in spring of 2009.
Sophie is Roald Dahl's eldest grandchild and inspiration for the child Sophie of his classic The BFG. She recently became patron of The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center in Great Missenden.
Dara O’Briain is a comedian, presenter and columnist. His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he made an appearance as guest and, ultimately, four appearances as guest host of the popular news quiz, Have I Got News For You. He presents the BBC 2 comedy panel game Mock the Week, and is a frequent panellist on BBC’s QI.
Chris Riddell, illustrator and political cartoonist for The Observer, has won several awards for his work, including the 2002 Smarties Book Prize Silver Award and the 2002 Kate Greenaway Medal for the acclaimed non-fiction book Pirate Diary (written by Richard Platt) and the 2004 Kate Greenaway Medal for Jonathan Swift's Gulliver (retold by Martin Jenkins). He was highly commended for the same award in 2001 for Castle Diary. Chris lives in Brighton.
Michael Rosen is a broadcaster, children’s novelist and poet. He has been involved with over 140 books, both as an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies. He was Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009, in which time he established the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Michael Rosen plays a key role in opening up children's access to poetry: both through his own writing and with important anthologies such as A Spider Bought a Bicycle. He was one of the first poets to make visits to schools throughout the UK (and further afield in Australia, Canada and Singapore) and currently maintains a busy schedule of school visits and talks.
In 1993 he gained an MA in Children's Literature from Reading University and also holds a PhD from the University of North London. In 2010 he established an MA in Children’s Literature at Birkbeck University, on which he teaches. Rosen is well established as a broadcaster presenting a range of documentary features on radio. He is also the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme.
Kaye Umansky is a very successful writer for children, with her books ranging from picture books to novels. Her first novel, Pongwiffy, shot straight onto the bestseller list on publication. She is also the author of the Solomon Snow books. Her latest book Clover Twig and The Incredible Flying Cottage was published by Bloomsbury in April 2008. Kaye lives with her family in north London.
About the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2008
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour.
Entries are accepted in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen with the winner of each category receiving £2,500.
The Prize is supported by libraries, teachers and parents through a range of activities and promotes a vibrant area of publishing often overlooked by other awards.
The winner of each category received £2,500, which was presented at an awards ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, on Tuesday 10 December
The submission period for entries for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 has now closed.
For reference, this year’s terms & conditions and entry form are below.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mell at Booktrust on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8516 2960