On Monday the 19th of June 2017 Wellington College Belfast's librarian and Carnegie Greenaway judge for NI (2016-2017) Miss Jennings attended the 80th anniversary celebrations of the illustrious CKG awards held in the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. It was a wonderful occasion. Second Year judges spoke about the short listed books on screen. A host of past CKG award winners were there and the Carnegie chocolates (mini book covers attached to wrapped chocolates- templates by Zoe Toft) produced by WCB Library's team of creative assistants were much appreciated. Judges' duties also included taking part in a YA Twitter takeover weekend fielding questions on selected themes covered by past winners online. Miss Jennings' session with illustrators Freya Blackwood and Catherine Rayner and author Tim Bowler discussed 'Matters of Life and Death' in their emotive books.
Lithuanian-American author Ruta Sepetys won the Carnegie Medal for her enthralling, evocative and poignant book 'Salt to the Sea' which tells of the plight of over 10,000 wartime refugees on the sinking ship the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945. Lane Smith was awarded the Greenaway Medal for his enchanting, playful and engaging picture book 'There Is A Tribe of Kids' about a child searching for where he belongs. Zana Fraillon and Francesca Sanna were awarded the Amnesty prizes for espousing human rights and touching on universal issues in their works 'The Bone Sparrow' (about life in an Australian refugee camp) and 'The Journey'.