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OBA Patron - Jo Cotterill

"As of 2019, I am delighted to say I’m Patron of the Oxfordshire Book Awards! Having grown up in Appleton and lived in Long Hanborough and Kidlington as an adult, I feel a real kinship with the OBAs and have been attending the ceremonies for several years. As runner-up in 2015 with my novel Looking at the Stars, and as winner in 2017 with A Library of Lemons, I know how much fun and excitement the awards generate – along with a real enjoyment of reading and trying new books."

Here are Jo's discussion points to get participating students thinking about the 2021 shortlists:

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Click here to see Jo present the 2020 virtual Oxfordshire Book Awards!