Today was the final UK heat and what an exciting one it was. Two teams tied for first and the third placed team was only half a point behind. Our authors (Ian Beck, Damian Bibben and Lindsey Barraclough) presented the prizes after a very tense sudden death question. Tonight's winning team (Josiah, Joseph, Cole and Dylan) were from Dulwich College. They narrowly won from the hosting school Kings College Junior. Right close behind was James Allen Girls' School who came third.
Harriet from, tonight's sponsor, Random House contributed her knowledge on the authors' team.
This was a new venue, added just this year, and it was well-attended and organised. Thank you Ann, Helen and Claire.
Good luck to all the teams going to the National Final this coming Friday. I wish you well.
The 2011/2012 journey has started to find the team with the best literary knowledge on
five continents. The winner tonight was Gosforth Central Middle School 1
Followed by Durham High for Girls. Third place necessitated a sudden death play off
between last year's winner Hexham Middle 1 and Newminster Middle 1.
It was taken out by Hexham. Our authors tonight came from the Midlands, Scotland
and locally. They actually took out the first two places.
They were: Mark Robson, Linda Strachan, Gill Arbuthnott, Emma Barnes, Ann Coburn
and Helen Limon.
We're indebted to Gosforth Central Middle School for their hospitality in hosting us and
to Serco, Scholastic School Books and Seven Stories for their sponsorship.
The evening ran like clockwork. I can't wait for the next heats.
What a change from last year when half the teams couldn't make it because
of dreadful snow conditions.Well done everybody.