There was a fabulous festival feeling to tonight's eighth Northern Ireland Kids' Lit Quiz heat at Wellington College. Characters came alive from the pages of books during the Fancy Dress Parade. It was wonderful to see so many kids come dressed up and the standard was the best I'd seen. Top Mascot Prize went to St Paul's High School, Bessbrook for the 2nd year running for their fantastic recreation of Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon. Killicomaine Junior High, Portadown won tonight's quiz convincingly. They played a blinder with their Joker. Congratulations to Nye, Caleb, Emily and Daniel. Our storytellers Niall de Burca and Derek Kielty handed out the prizes. There was a tie for 2nd place which was decided by a sudden death question. The winner was Methodist College Belfast and in 3rd place was Rathmore. Over 150 spectators watched the event from the rear of the hall. They were very impressed with this year's standard. Thanks to our sponsors Serco, Scholastic and SLA.