Arts & Culture
The winner will be announced on 9 July
Author nominated for top award
An author from Somerset is nominated for a top award - with the help of local school children.
An author from Somerset has been shortlisted for a major literary award, The Branford Boase.
Jeremy De Quidt from Croscombe was nominated for his debut novel The Toymaker.
It is described as being about a boy, a dead conjurer and a secret.
The story was published last year to great acclaim; The Guardian said it was "pacy, exciting and inventive" while The Times said it was "beautifully produced".
Jeremy was inspired to write the book after meeting a group of children at his local school. He then worked with the children, relaying his progress chapter by chapter, to make sure the children were still engaged. He also took onboard their plot suggestions.
He currently works as a writer in residence with a new primary school.
Of being shortlisted, Jeremy said: "This is a huge award to be shortlisted for. I'm sitting on my hands trying not to think too hard about it. Winning would be fairy tale stuff."
The Branford Boase award was established ten years ago to recognise talented authors who wrote for young audiences and the role editors play in getting the book in to print.
The winner of the award will be announced on 9 July.
last updated: 08/05/2009 at 15:02