The Northern Ireland Book Award is an award voted by students for students. It began in 2009 as a response to the need for a local award to get young people excited about reading. It offers a selection of exciting titles across varied genres. Pupils also have the opportunity to bring the books to life through a series of drama workshops and lively quizzes.

On Friday the 22nd of November ten students from Wellington College attended the launch of the 2014 NIBA at Victoria College. They took part in an interschools event featuring a ‘hangman’ style book quiz. The students were delighted to be entertained by renowned traditional Irish storyteller Niall de Burca who told a scary ghost story to add to the atmosphere.

Each participating school was presented with a set of the short listed books courtesy of Scholastic and offered a discounted set from ‘No Alibis’, the last independent book store in Belfast. The pupils were enthusiastic and eager to start reading the shortlist. Top choices were the Dahlesque revenge comedy ‘Osbert the Avenger’, a paranormal adventure entitled ‘The Screaming Staircase’ and Horowitz’s deadly prequel to the Alex Rider series- ‘Russian Roulette’. With the annual school readathon for NICFC approaching there will be no stopping them.