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22.06.22 – Young Readers – Young Teen Fictions Awards 2022, First Report from Staffordshire Commissioner

Written by on 21 June 2022

Young readers from across Staffordshire will gather in force at a top Midland’s venue for the grand finale of their annual book award.

The Royal Air Force Museum, Midlands will once again play host to Staffordshire Libraries Young Teen Fiction Award celebration day.

The campaign, now in its seventeenth year, is designed to encourage the county’s young people to enjoy reading books and to share their enthusiasm with others.

Hundreds of 11 to 14 year olds, who either live or go to school in Staffordshire, or use Staffordshire Libraries have been voting for their favourite reads since last September.

The Young Teen Fiction Award Celebration Day is at The RAF Museum, Midlands on Tuesday 5th July. The closing date for online voting will be 24th June at 5pm. People can find out more at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ytf.

The six shortlisted titles for the Young Teen Fiction Award 2022 are:

  • Rules For Vampires by Alex Foulkes
  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle
  • Arctic Star by Tom Palmer
  • All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • Between the Sea and the Sky by Nicola Penfold
  • The Broken Raven by Joseph Elliott

Three of the shortlisted authors will join the Celebration on the Day – Alex Foulkes, Nicola Penfold and Joseph Elliott.

Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire’s Libraries Chief said: “We’re all very excited about this year’s event and once again it’s great to be hosting it at RAF Museum, Midlands which is a great venue.

“The day will give young bookworms a great chance to celebrate the best in teen fiction and to cast their final votes.  It’s a really popular initiative and young people say taking part makes them feel part of a wider reading community that goes beyond the school book club.

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Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams will present his first Annual Report to a meeting of the Police, Fire & Crime Panel next Monday, the 27 June, which will be broadcast live online from 2pm.

The Police, Fire & Crime Panel regularly meets to give their views on the Staffordshire Commissioner’s plans and decisions, and is an important part of the Office’s commitment to being open, honest and transparent.

The Annual Report covers the work of the Office over the last year, which includes:

  • Launch of the new Police and Fire Plans to set the strategic direction for the next three years
  • Successful bids of over £2m from the Safer Streets Fund
  • Over £920,000 allocated for local community safety initiatives
  • Launch of the ASB and Mediation service and the Hate Crime service

Commissioner Ben Adams said: ‘This is my first Annual Report since being elected in May 2021. It highlights progress that has already been made in delivering improvements set out in my strategic plans, describes my role and details how my professional team invest some of the services’ budgets to help keep Staffordshire safe.

‘Essentially, I’m expecting to see these plans making a real difference to the lives of the people who live, work or visit Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. They should result in fewer victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, fewer casualties on our roads, and fewer people who suffer due to fire or the actions of others.’