the chichester literary quiz 2016
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Everything and everyone are ready …
The scoring librarians are lined up and raring to go …
Diana’s wearing her lucky doggy pin.
Peter’s mike is working …
And for once, the author team is actually behaving …
Candy Gourlay SHINE
Jeff Norton METAWARS
Ali Sparkes CAR-JACKED
Jamie Thomson DARK LORD: THE TEENAGE YEARS
Photo courtesy of Kathy Evans
That’s not Jeff Norton, author of METAWARS
Twitter goes mad!
But the show must go on.
Debut author Kathryn Evans (MORE OF ME) is allowed to join the author team.
Authors start by signing a gazillion certificates, petitions, injunctions, and restraining orders.
Jamie discovers that Ali is avoiding wheat and sugar and promptly offers her biscuits.
Ali threatens Jamie with decapitation.
Photo by David Percival
Quizmaster: No notebooks or phones on the table!
Authors: What about a raven? QM: Oh. Okay. Authors: What about a small coffin filled with elf ears and the leg bone of a shrunken man? QM: Right.
At last, the quiz begins. It’s a show down between the best readers …
Of the best schools in Chichester…
The children just keep winning.
But it’s a close run thing!
Meanwhile, the authors struggle to answer questions about their own books. Again.
Finally. A break to sign autographs
… try on elf ears
… take selfies …
… and recruit minions.
The Dark Lord is pleased by the enthusiastic response.
Winners are announced.
And the overall winner is Chichester High School!
Librarians and authors enjoy some levity …
Until the Dark Lord gets a little too excited.
The librarians banish him to the car park where he challenges the debut author to a duel.
But she turns out to be a skilled swordswoman and they decide to fight another day.
It was such FUN!
Fond thanks to the children and
the Lit Quiz team …
Peter ‘Hard Act to Follow’ Bone
Probably the Best Quizmaster in the World.
Photographs & Text by Candy Gourlay www.candygourlay.com