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With guest stars David O'Doherty, Chris Judge, Ben Bailey Smith

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and Holly Smale, coming to you live from Centenary Square, Birmingham!

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It's Blue Peter Awesome Authors: Live!

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MUSIC: "Banacle Bill" by Banks Wag

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Welcome to live Awesome Authors. Birmingham, make some noise! We're

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going to be announcing the winner of our Dream Big competition. Over 8000

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of you replied. You can find out who the winner is today. He was excited

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for that? Everybody! So many awesome authors and also your favourite CBBC

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stars. You can see Jack and Leona from Wolfblood. You can also see Ben

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Shires in the Kickabout tent. We have some awesome authors. Some of

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the most awesome authors. Holly Smale, Ben Bailey Smith... Screen if

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you want to! Fantastic illustrator Chris Judge as well. Let's hear it

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for them. Later, we will put them on the spot and test them. They are

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going to come up with a live story. But we need the help of you lot. How

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does that sound? We're going to ask them some of your questions. There

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are lots of them, but we can't do that until we give all of the

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awesome authors a massive round of applause!

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Lots of you send in your questions. Thanks for joining us. Nice to be

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here. We are in Birmingham, what do you make of this? Or some! Back

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home! Very happy to be here. This is Mark's family! It's like the

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Zimbabwean family that I've got. A host of questions came in, Lindsey

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is taking care of the first one. At the front, what is your name?

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Jasmine. What was Holly's favourited book that she read? Favourite book?

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The first one that I wrote... Reading or writing? Rating? The

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first one, because it started my entire writing life. Question for

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David, are you scared of any of the things from Danger is Everywhere?

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When I was little, I was genuinely scared of sharks coming out of the

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loo! I was scared of a lot of things, but I would check and block

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before sitting on it. A little tip? Nobody wants a bite on the bottom.

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This one is for you, Chris. What is your favourite thing to draw? I

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really like drawing whales and fish. Anything under the sea. Lindsey

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loves them! I don't, I'm terrified of them! So many Blue Peter badges,

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what is your name? MLE. When did you start writing books, Holly? I was

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five, when I wrote my first story. That means anybody can do it, all of

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you can. I started writing my first proper book when I was 21. Violet

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Piano Guava, Ben, what inspired you to start writing? I always wrote

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rhymes. Some people know me as a rapper. When I was a kid, I was

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writing rhymes, when I have my own kids, I was writing them for my own

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kids. I've got the Four O'clock Club. I started writing silly rhymes

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for silly kids. A serious question down here, what is your question,

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Charlotte? Do you have any tips for becoming an author? You have to sit

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there, there is an old line about having to put some glue on your

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trousers, sit there and write something cool. That is probably the

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best. Learn to spell. In from you, I've got one question. If you put

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down an awesome book, it was incredible, how do you choose

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another awesome book? You would need some kind of book disorder. I don't

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know where we would find one. -- a book sorter. Here, we love books and

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we wanted to know what you are reading at the moment. I am reading

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Cream, by Jacqueline Wilson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Foxy Tales. The

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Witches. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. I like this book,

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because it has nerve wracking moments. This one is funny, it is

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like a drama. Dramatic and action packed. It shows that some people

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can be good and some people can be bad. Surprises, like the flying pig.

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Harry Potter, the prisoner of Azkaban, it is really cool. Good

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night Mr Tom. It is about a small boy that lives with somebody called

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Tom Oakley. So many books to choose from, which one is the perfect page

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turner for you? Whether you like, comedy, drama, you can use the book

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sorter for inspiration. I like reading because when you are bored,

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you can just read and then it is like you have gone to a different

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place. Makes you feel like you are inside the book. It makes you want

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to know what happens next. It's very fun and takes you places, you feel

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like you are in the book. Why not use the book sorter and join in with

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the summer Reading challenge? You never know where their next book

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might take you. That is the sum of reading sorted.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, all the way, or The Witches. Gangster Granny, I

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think mine has been taking notes! Let's talk about my hair sister I

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have found! We asked everybody to bring a book they would like to

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swap. Birmingham, show your books! Wave them high in the air so we can

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see them. That is a lot of books. We have some keen bookworms on the

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stage. I love your T-shirt. What have you brought? I have brought The

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Dragonfly. And your Blue Peter badge! What have you brought? The

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Wind In The Willows. I love that, I wouldn't swap that! Just kidding! I

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liked this book, because it is full of advance your deliberate

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production venture. I have Billionaire Boy By David Walliams.

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It's a really young boy that is a millionaire. Like Radzi? Amazing.

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Lets swap our books. On account of three. Three, two, one! Swap books.

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Good job. No fighting, please. Is everybody in the audience swapping?

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You are wearing the best T-shirt in the world. Does it glow-in-the-dark?

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Yes! Awesome. Captain Underpants. Are you happy with it? I have read

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it at school, but I haven't got it. Now you have got it! I've got The

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Dragonfly Pool. Are You Pleased With That? I've Never Heard Of It. You

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had better read it and let us know. We are here with genuine Blue Peter

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super fans. Melissa has brought this, look at this box, practically

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every Blue Peter badge. Round of applause! Hopefully what we have

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done here has inspired you to get swapping. If it has, jump online and

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let us know how you do. Those are the amazing books. Where would we be

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without the awesome authors that wrote them? A few weeks ago I went

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to catch up with some of them at the world's biggest book Festival.

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I am at Hay Festival in Wales, where some of the biggest and brightest

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authors in the business are here to discuss everything books. We caught

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up with them to find out what makes them tick. Does not look gorgeous?

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At the camera? I like to write funny books. If it doesn't make me laugh,

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it doesn't go in. I've always loved drawing. When I was at primary

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school, I thought it would be wonderful if I could earn my living

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drawing pictures. I started writing when I was eight years old. When you

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love reading, the logical thing to do is that you want to write your

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own stories. We are all storytellers, reading is one of the

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great pleasures and privileges of the world. When you watch a film,

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that is how it is. A book is inside your head. It made me feel all kinds

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of things, happy, terrified and everything in between. That is what

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is brilliant about books. They can make you feel 1 million emotions at

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once. It can turn you into a time traveller, take you to places and

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times that nothing else can do. I love reading, I read a lot. It takes

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you to different places. Wherever you are, you can be somewhere else.

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You can't beat that. I love being taken to another world and getting

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the chance to let somebody else's life. It makes me feel happy and

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excited, or sad, all of the things in between, that is why I love

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books. My favourite book is Half Magic. I love stories about magic,

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especially when it goes wrong. The Giant Jam Sandwich, my favourite

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subject, food. My favourite children's book is probably the BFG.

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I love reading shampoo bottles in the bathroom. If you are thinking of

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writing a poem or story, do it! You never know where it might take you.

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What a legend, he has a stoat in his beard, you know. We're going to be

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announcing the winner of the Dream Big competition soon. First, we

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would like to put our Awesome Authors to the test and set them a

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challenge. It's time for the Lost The Plot challenge! As you know,

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stories are made of sentences. We will challenge our authors to make a

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story using sentences that includes a world -- word that I am holding.

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Are you up for that? We need you to do some awesome sound effects. What

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is the sound effects to this? Nice! Quite relaxing.

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As Lindsey hates sharks and fish, let's put Simon the shark's best

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friend, it was a lion, called Leah. Due to being camping through the

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winter, Leah had caught a terrible cold and was constantly sneezing.

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But it was OK, because this is how he used to propel himself along the

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ground, sneezing himself forward and grabbing onto the tale of a cow.

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You can do better than that, guy, come on! The thing about lions, they

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are easily distracted, especially with apps on phones, they kept

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walking into things. Silly lion! Of course, the biggest

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scream that Leah gave was when she walked directly into a wall! She

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fell backwards, hit her head and then... Oh?! And then... Good luck,

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Holly! Then a passing donkey, saved the cow, who had smashed its head

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against the wall, everyone had forgotten about him, clearly not

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passionate people, and then took the lion, lying on the floor! So many

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animals! It is like Noah's Arc! The other thing about lions, they are

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famously loud at roaring but do terrible parts. The parts are

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capable of scaring the animals in the vicinity.

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What happens when I do a part? So it had been a plan of the lion all

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along to fake walking into a wall, just be to able to part in a

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donkey's face. It was always going to go down that

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road, wasn't it! Then the lion gave an evil laugh! Well done. If you

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have just tuned in, you are not dreaming, this is a live show from

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Birmingham. That was a story from the Awesome Authors. Head on line to

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the website, you will find it there! Give them a round of applause.

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Incredible. Now it is nearly time to announce

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the winner of the Dream Big competition. Her is a recap of the

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incredible competition we launched in May.

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As part of Roald Dahl's 100 birthday celebrations and to mark the arifle

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of the BFG to the big screen, we launched a giant competition... We

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asked you to create your very own dream story. The winning entry to be

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turned into an amazing animation. The writer would be in with a chance

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of meeting a Hollywood directing legend.

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I'm Steven Spielberg, director of the BFG.

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To judge the competition, we lined up an incredible panel.

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I am Ruby. I play Sophie in the film.

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Joining her was someone special indeed.

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Hello, I'm Lucy Dahl, Roald Dahl dahl's youngest daughter.

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We were sent thousands of entries. It was tough! I loved it.

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Absolutely loved it. But, which Dream would they choose?!

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This is so exciting. The crowd are on the edge of their

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seats. Over 8,000 of you applied. Let's look at our incredible

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runner's up. We have a mixture of illustrations.

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Rockets going to the moon. Hand stands. Jessie, from Devon, that

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could be my favourite. I'm sure that Chris Judge will have to have

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something to say. They must be the best underpants.

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And stinky socks. They are hard to draw.

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Let's have a look at this one from Hannah from Lancashire. She's drawn

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an amazing animation. So much detail there. She has teeny tiny writing to

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skij on a very good story. Hannah, well done you.

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William from Hertfordshire, you are a genius. You told the door of Moon

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on Toast. We all know that the moon is made of cheese. Your imaginations

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are fantastic. All of the runner's up receive this, the official orange

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Blue Peter badge! It is beautiful. Do the ooohs! And keep them going.

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We go through the age categories. These are the age category

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finalists. Let's have a look. It is exact from Walsall. A round of

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applause. Such a good design. Magical toes and trapdoor in his

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belly button. What do you make of that? Awesome! Well done, exact. I

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have an outie! ! The top entry in the 9-11 category is Isabela from

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Monmouthshire who told the classic story of a cow jumping over a moon

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using a jet pack made from milkshake! Of course! And the final

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reveal, the winner of the age category, 12-15 years old is Betty!

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Look at this style. And at the bottom, the shot is called Two Can

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Play At This Game. Huge congratulations to all three of

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you. There is a picture of your work on its way to you. You have the

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orange Blue Peter badge and all three are going to the BFG premiere

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in London. Awesome. A huge well done. Now, something you have been

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waiting for. Time to announce the winner of the Dream Big competition,

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they will have their story animated and meet the Hollywood director,

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Steven Spielberg. So exciting. To do the honours, I hand over to the

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lovely Ben. I can tell you that the winner of

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the Dream Big competition is... Betty! She is live with us in

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Birmingham! Betty, out you come. Yes! Congratulations to you! How are

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you feeling? Amazing. So surreal. Have you heard the story? Tell us

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about your story? It is about toucans and they are estate agents

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but are fired as they are toucans. But I will not spoil it.

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We can tell you a little more about it in a minute.

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Betty, you have not seen the finished animation.

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Are you excited? Absolutely. On a scale of 1-10? 100! Well, here

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it is, the winning entry turned into animation. This is the premiere.

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They were fired from the job at the estate agent as they were toucans.

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They were upset. One felt he was a people toucan, the other felt he had

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planning skills. Unemployed, they read books and sang opera. A period

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of reflection on their corporate live, showed them that their skills

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did not make for good estate agents. They opened their own internet cafe

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in Shoreditch. Providing a career's advice service for other animals

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stuck in dead-end jobs, unsuited to their skills.

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APPLAUSE Betty! You can't believe it, can

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you. What was it like to watch that and see your work on the big screen

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in It is fantastic. It is like my drawings, what I did. It is all

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moving. Brilliant. You should be proud of yourself. Are

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you sorted with the dress for the premiere tomorrow? I am.

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Fantastic. If you want to see action of us

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being celebs, head online. And if you thought that was

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exciting, wait until you see what is coming up very seen on Blue Peter.

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-Very soon on Blue Peter. I'm not coming last. That's not

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happening! I feel so tired! Get involved... Get active... Inspire

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one of your friends to a sport you know.

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Your very own Blue Peter sporting badge! I don't think I have ever

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been this excited on Blue Peter, ever! How good does that look? We

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are so excited for Blue Peter over the next few months. It will be

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awesome. Speaking of awesome, there are more Awesome Authors tomorrow at

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9.00am. We are very excited about that. And we are to be joined by

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David Baddiel, Alex T Smith, Lucy Hawking and Narinder Dhami. And jump

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on to Fan Club, we are going high-pitched as Nicola Davis is

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taking part in a question and answer session. An animal expert, an author

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and very good. A massive thank you to our Awesome

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Authors! How brilliant have they been? And we need to say thank you

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to you lot. You have been awesome. And before you go, a performance on

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the stage from Diamond. Before you sing, let's talk about Blue Peter,

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you are a super fan? Who isn't. You guys are obviously massive Blue

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Peter fans, right? Yeah! The favourite part of the show? The make

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section. I used to go home and make sure mum saved all of the washing up

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bottles and loo rolls. What about your favourite book when

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you were younger? Charlie and theChocolate Factory. I love it so

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much. I saw the classic film. It is my favourite.

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There is a part of me, whenever I open a chocolate bar, I am kind

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of... You want that golden ticket. You are going to be singing Praying?

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Yes. Incredible. Everyone, it's BB

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Diamond. # Wanna go all night

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when you're around me # You just give me

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something that I need # Make your move, let me know how

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you're feeling about me # I can read all the signs

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that you wanna tell me # You can have all you like cos

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I've waited you see # Just to find you're the one

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always knew you would be # But this night just

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got me in too deep # As I close my eyes

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you whisper to me # Oh, you say the words

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I long to hear # Make your move, let me know how

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you're feeling about me # I can read all the signs

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that you wanna tell me # You can have all you like,

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cos I've waited you see # Just to find you're the one

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always knew you would be # Cos I've been waiting

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way too long, yeah # I wish that I could

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live this night again # I'll hold on to this

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moment till the end # I wish that I could

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live this night again # I'll hold on to

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this moment till the end. # Thank you so much Blue Peter, CBBC,

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thank you! I'm BB Diamond, I'll see you soon.

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See you tomorrow!

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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.


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