Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan was announced as Children’s Category Winner in the Costa Book Awards last night. The book is now eligible for the overall Book of the Year Award, which will be announced on 28 January.
The author was winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. She lives in Bath, but spent her first eighteen months in India, on the family farm close to the Himalayas. She grew up in Nottingham and remembers spending much of her childhood out in the open air, in the deer parl ar Wollaton Hall.
Entries for the current Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition remain open till 4 May 2020. Click the link for entry rules.