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With guest stars David O'Doherty, Chris Judge, Ben Bailey Smith
and Holly Smale, coming to you live from Centenary Square, Birmingham!
It's Blue Peter Awesome Authors: Live!
MUSIC: "Banacle Bill" by Banks Wag
Welcome to live Awesome Authors. Birmingham, make some noise! We're
going to be announcing the winner of our Dream Big competition. Over 8000
of you replied. You can find out who the winner is today. He was excited
for that? Everybody! So many awesome authors and also your favourite CBBC
stars. You can see Jack and Leona from Wolfblood. You can also see Ben
Shires in the Kickabout tent. We have some awesome authors. Some of
the most awesome authors. Holly Smale, Ben Bailey Smith... Screen if
you want to! Fantastic illustrator Chris Judge as well. Let's hear it
for them. Later, we will put them on the spot and test them. They are
going to come up with a live story. But we need the help of you lot. How
does that sound? We're going to ask them some of your questions. There
are lots of them, but we can't do that until we give all of the
awesome authors a massive round of applause!
Lots of you send in your questions. Thanks for joining us. Nice to be
here. We are in Birmingham, what do you make of this? Or some! Back
home! Very happy to be here. This is Mark's family! It's like the
Zimbabwean family that I've got. A host of questions came in, Lindsey
is taking care of the first one. At the front, what is your name?
Jasmine. What was Holly's favourited book that she read? Favourite book?
The first one that I wrote... Reading or writing? Rating? The
first one, because it started my entire writing life. Question for
David, are you scared of any of the things from Danger is Everywhere?
When I was little, I was genuinely scared of sharks coming out of the
loo! I was scared of a lot of things, but I would check and block
before sitting on it. A little tip? Nobody wants a bite on the bottom.
This one is for you, Chris. What is your favourite thing to draw? I
really like drawing whales and fish. Anything under the sea. Lindsey
loves them! I don't, I'm terrified of them! So many Blue Peter badges,
what is your name? MLE. When did you start writing books, Holly? I was
five, when I wrote my first story. That means anybody can do it, all of
you can. I started writing my first proper book when I was 21. Violet
Piano Guava, Ben, what inspired you to start writing? I always wrote
rhymes. Some people know me as a rapper. When I was a kid, I was
writing rhymes, when I have my own kids, I was writing them for my own
kids. I've got the Four O'clock Club. I started writing silly rhymes
for silly kids. A serious question down here, what is your question,
Charlotte? Do you have any tips for becoming an author? You have to sit
there, there is an old line about having to put some glue on your
trousers, sit there and write something cool. That is probably the
best. Learn to spell. In from you, I've got one question. If you put
down an awesome book, it was incredible, how do you choose
another awesome book? You would need some kind of book disorder. I don't
know where we would find one. -- a book sorter. Here, we love books and
we wanted to know what you are reading at the moment. I am reading
Cream, by Jacqueline Wilson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Foxy Tales. The
Witches. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. I like this book,
because it has nerve wracking moments. This one is funny, it is
like a drama. Dramatic and action packed. It shows that some people
can be good and some people can be bad. Surprises, like the flying pig.
Harry Potter, the prisoner of Azkaban, it is really cool. Good
night Mr Tom. It is about a small boy that lives with somebody called
Tom Oakley. So many books to choose from, which one is the perfect page
turner for you? Whether you like, comedy, drama, you can use the book
sorter for inspiration. I like reading because when you are bored,
you can just read and then it is like you have gone to a different
place. Makes you feel like you are inside the book. It makes you want
to know what happens next. It's very fun and takes you places, you feel
like you are in the book. Why not use the book sorter and join in with
the summer Reading challenge? You never know where their next book
might take you. That is the sum of reading sorted.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, all the way, or The Witches. Gangster Granny, I
think mine has been taking notes! Let's talk about my hair sister I
have found! We asked everybody to bring a book they would like to
swap. Birmingham, show your books! Wave them high in the air so we can
see them. That is a lot of books. We have some keen bookworms on the
stage. I love your T-shirt. What have you brought? I have brought The
Dragonfly. And your Blue Peter badge! What have you brought? The
Wind In The Willows. I love that, I wouldn't swap that! Just kidding! I
liked this book, because it is full of advance your deliberate
production venture. I have Billionaire Boy By David Walliams.
It's a really young boy that is a millionaire. Like Radzi? Amazing.
Lets swap our books. On account of three. Three, two, one! Swap books.
Good job. No fighting, please. Is everybody in the audience swapping?
You are wearing the best T-shirt in the world. Does it glow-in-the-dark?
Yes! Awesome. Captain Underpants. Are you happy with it? I have read
it at school, but I haven't got it. Now you have got it! I've got The
Dragonfly Pool. Are You Pleased With That? I've Never Heard Of It. You
had better read it and let us know. We are here with genuine Blue Peter
super fans. Melissa has brought this, look at this box, practically
every Blue Peter badge. Round of applause! Hopefully what we have
done here has inspired you to get swapping. If it has, jump online and
let us know how you do. Those are the amazing books. Where would we be
without the awesome authors that wrote them? A few weeks ago I went
to catch up with some of them at the world's biggest book Festival.
I am at Hay Festival in Wales, where some of the biggest and brightest
authors in the business are here to discuss everything books. We caught
up with them to find out what makes them tick. Does not look gorgeous?
At the camera? I like to write funny books. If it doesn't make me laugh,
it doesn't go in. I've always loved drawing. When I was at primary
school, I thought it would be wonderful if I could earn my living
drawing pictures. I started writing when I was eight years old. When you
love reading, the logical thing to do is that you want to write your
own stories. We are all storytellers, reading is one of the
great pleasures and privileges of the world. When you watch a film,
that is how it is. A book is inside your head. It made me feel all kinds
of things, happy, terrified and everything in between. That is what
is brilliant about books. They can make you feel 1 million emotions at
once. It can turn you into a time traveller, take you to places and
times that nothing else can do. I love reading, I read a lot. It takes
you to different places. Wherever you are, you can be somewhere else.
You can't beat that. I love being taken to another world and getting
the chance to let somebody else's life. It makes me feel happy and
excited, or sad, all of the things in between, that is why I love
books. My favourite book is Half Magic. I love stories about magic,
especially when it goes wrong. The Giant Jam Sandwich, my favourite
subject, food. My favourite children's book is probably the BFG.
I love reading shampoo bottles in the bathroom. If you are thinking of
writing a poem or story, do it! You never know where it might take you.
What a legend, he has a stoat in his beard, you know. We're going to be
announcing the winner of the Dream Big competition soon. First, we
would like to put our Awesome Authors to the test and set them a
challenge. It's time for the Lost The Plot challenge! As you know,
stories are made of sentences. We will challenge our authors to make a
story using sentences that includes a world -- word that I am holding.
Are you up for that? We need you to do some awesome sound effects. What
is the sound effects to this? Nice! Quite relaxing.
As Lindsey hates sharks and fish, let's put Simon the shark's best
friend, it was a lion, called Leah. Due to being camping through the
winter, Leah had caught a terrible cold and was constantly sneezing.
But it was OK, because this is how he used to propel himself along the
ground, sneezing himself forward and grabbing onto the tale of a cow.
You can do better than that, guy, come on! The thing about lions, they
are easily distracted, especially with apps on phones, they kept
walking into things. Silly lion! Of course, the biggest
scream that Leah gave was when she walked directly into a wall! She
fell backwards, hit her head and then... Oh?! And then... Good luck,
Holly! Then a passing donkey, saved the cow, who had smashed its head
against the wall, everyone had forgotten about him, clearly not
passionate people, and then took the lion, lying on the floor! So many
animals! It is like Noah's Arc! The other thing about lions, they are
famously loud at roaring but do terrible parts. The parts are
capable of scaring the animals in the vicinity.
What happens when I do a part? So it had been a plan of the lion all
along to fake walking into a wall, just be to able to part in a
donkey's face. It was always going to go down that
road, wasn't it! Then the lion gave an evil laugh! Well done. If you
have just tuned in, you are not dreaming, this is a live show from
Birmingham. That was a story from the Awesome Authors. Head on line to
the website, you will find it there! Give them a round of applause.
Incredible. Now it is nearly time to announce
the winner of the Dream Big competition. Her is a recap of the
incredible competition we launched in May.
As part of Roald Dahl's 100 birthday celebrations and to mark the arifle
of the BFG to the big screen, we launched a giant competition... We
asked you to create your very own dream story. The winning entry to be
turned into an amazing animation. The writer would be in with a chance
of meeting a Hollywood directing legend.
I'm Steven Spielberg, director of the BFG.
To judge the competition, we lined up an incredible panel.
I am Ruby. I play Sophie in the film.
Joining her was someone special indeed.
Hello, I'm Lucy Dahl, Roald Dahl dahl's youngest daughter.
We were sent thousands of entries. It was tough! I loved it.
Absolutely loved it. But, which Dream would they choose?!
This is so exciting. The crowd are on the edge of their
seats. Over 8,000 of you applied. Let's look at our incredible
runner's up. We have a mixture of illustrations.
Rockets going to the moon. Hand stands. Jessie, from Devon, that
could be my favourite. I'm sure that Chris Judge will have to have
something to say. They must be the best underpants.
And stinky socks. They are hard to draw.
Let's have a look at this one from Hannah from Lancashire. She's drawn
an amazing animation. So much detail there. She has teeny tiny writing to
skij on a very good story. Hannah, well done you.
William from Hertfordshire, you are a genius. You told the door of Moon
on Toast. We all know that the moon is made of cheese. Your imaginations
are fantastic. All of the runner's up receive this, the official orange
Blue Peter badge! It is beautiful. Do the ooohs! And keep them going.
We go through the age categories. These are the age category
finalists. Let's have a look. It is exact from Walsall. A round of
applause. Such a good design. Magical toes and trapdoor in his
belly button. What do you make of that? Awesome! Well done, exact. I
have an outie! ! The top entry in the 9-11 category is Isabela from
Monmouthshire who told the classic story of a cow jumping over a moon
using a jet pack made from milkshake! Of course! And the final
reveal, the winner of the age category, 12-15 years old is Betty!
Look at this style. And at the bottom, the shot is called Two Can
Play At This Game. Huge congratulations to all three of
you. There is a picture of your work on its way to you. You have the
orange Blue Peter badge and all three are going to the BFG premiere
in London. Awesome. A huge well done. Now, something you have been
waiting for. Time to announce the winner of the Dream Big competition,
they will have their story animated and meet the Hollywood director,
Steven Spielberg. So exciting. To do the honours, I hand over to the
lovely Ben. I can tell you that the winner of
the Dream Big competition is... Betty! She is live with us in
Birmingham! Betty, out you come. Yes! Congratulations to you! How are
you feeling? Amazing. So surreal. Have you heard the story? Tell us
about your story? It is about toucans and they are estate agents
but are fired as they are toucans. But I will not spoil it.
We can tell you a little more about it in a minute.
Betty, you have not seen the finished animation.
Are you excited? Absolutely. On a scale of 1-10? 100! Well, here
it is, the winning entry turned into animation. This is the premiere.
They were fired from the job at the estate agent as they were toucans.
They were upset. One felt he was a people toucan, the other felt he had
planning skills. Unemployed, they read books and sang opera. A period
of reflection on their corporate live, showed them that their skills
did not make for good estate agents. They opened their own internet cafe
in Shoreditch. Providing a career's advice service for other animals
stuck in dead-end jobs, unsuited to their skills.
APPLAUSE Betty! You can't believe it, can
you. What was it like to watch that and see your work on the big screen
in It is fantastic. It is like my drawings, what I did. It is all
moving. Brilliant. You should be proud of yourself. Are
you sorted with the dress for the premiere tomorrow? I am.
Fantastic. If you want to see action of us
being celebs, head online. And if you thought that was
exciting, wait until you see what is coming up very seen on Blue Peter.
-Very soon on Blue Peter. I'm not coming last. That's not
happening! I feel so tired! Get involved... Get active... Inspire
one of your friends to a sport you know.
Your very own Blue Peter sporting badge! I don't think I have ever
been this excited on Blue Peter, ever! How good does that look? We
are so excited for Blue Peter over the next few months. It will be
awesome. Speaking of awesome, there are more Awesome Authors tomorrow at
9.00am. We are very excited about that. And we are to be joined by
David Baddiel, Alex T Smith, Lucy Hawking and Narinder Dhami. And jump
on to Fan Club, we are going high-pitched as Nicola Davis is
taking part in a question and answer session. An animal expert, an author
and very good. A massive thank you to our Awesome
Authors! How brilliant have they been? And we need to say thank you
to you lot. You have been awesome. And before you go, a performance on
the stage from Diamond. Before you sing, let's talk about Blue Peter,
you are a super fan? Who isn't. You guys are obviously massive Blue
Peter fans, right? Yeah! The favourite part of the show? The make
section. I used to go home and make sure mum saved all of the washing up
bottles and loo rolls. What about your favourite book when
you were younger? Charlie and theChocolate Factory. I love it so
much. I saw the classic film. It is my favourite.
There is a part of me, whenever I open a chocolate bar, I am kind
of... You want that golden ticket. You are going to be singing Praying?
Yes. Incredible. Everyone, it's BB
Diamond. # Wanna go all night
when you're around me # You just give me
something that I need # Make your move, let me know how
you're feeling about me # I can read all the signs
that you wanna tell me # You can have all you like cos
I've waited you see # Just to find you're the one
always knew you would be # But this night just
got me in too deep # As I close my eyes
you whisper to me # Oh, you say the words
I long to hear # Make your move, let me know how
you're feeling about me # I can read all the signs
that you wanna tell me # You can have all you like,
cos I've waited you see # Just to find you're the one
always knew you would be # Cos I've been waiting
way too long, yeah # I wish that I could
live this night again # I'll hold on to this
moment till the end # I wish that I could
live this night again # I'll hold on to
this moment till the end. # Thank you so much Blue Peter, CBBC,
thank you! I'm BB Diamond, I'll see you soon.
See you tomorrow!
Blue Peter is live from Centenary Square in Birmingham, for the special CBBC Awesome Authors weekend! We quiz a host of your favourite authors, including Holly Smale and David O'Doherty, with viewers' questions and we will be creating a story live on stage. Lindsey visits the Hay Book festival and we reveal the winner of the Dream Big competition.