Kim & the Carnegie – an inspirational tale!


Kim Slater, fellow MA student, and now successful debut novelist has had an amazing bit of news this week.  Her book, Smart, has been nominated for the Carnegie award – the medal presented for an outstanding book for children and young people.  There are 91 titles on the long list (to view them all, visit:, each of which must have been nominated by a member of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and judged against a specific list of criteria (given on the website).

Notwithstanding Smart is a cracking read (for adults too), there’s something rather special about seeing a story which you saw from the initial idea stage blossoming into a fully fledged novel.  Those of us in David Belbin’s Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Class will remember Smart when it was originally a 3,000 word piece.  It’s a tribute to Kim’s hard work that it’s grown into such a success.

If you’ve not yet read Smart you can find out more here:  Fingers crossed for the short list, Kim :0)

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