On this shortlist:
Steve Tasane was born in Leeds and grew up in Northallerton with his Mum, three brothers, a dog called Koko and a cat called Jasper.
As an adult, Steve moved to London and became a political activist, taking jobs that allowed him the time to organise protest marches – he worked as a petrol pump attendant, a cycle courier, a cleaner in a sweet factory and a carer, before he found a job organising poetry shows. From there, Steve began to organise poetry workshops in schools, and eventually found himself writing more and more for kids in schools. He now writes for young adults.
A group of undocumented children with letters for name are stuck living in a refugee camp, with stories to tell but no papers to prove them. As they try to forge a new family amongst themselves, they also long to keep memories of their old identities alive.
Will they be heard and believed? And what will happen to them if they aren't?
Child I is Steve’s third book for young adults.
Steve was a busker in London’s Leicester Square.
He is a performance poet and has performed at Glastonbury.
Steve has been writer-in-residence for both the V&A Museum of Childhood and Battersea Dogs’ Home.
Child I was published by Faber & Faber on 3rd May 2018.
Mrs Blashill from Southfield Grange Trust:
Samantha from Southfield Grange Campus:
Jack from Corpus Christi Catholic College:
Miss Busby from Corpus Christi Catholic College: