Another very tense heat in the NE tonight. This heat is always very competitive. The winning team was Hexham Middle School A. Congratulations to Daisy, Lizzie, Charlotte & Joel and their librarian Janet Hughff., followed by Durham Johnston B and in third was Ovingham Middle A. Our marking team was very efficient and results were quickly processed. The coordinators (Trevor & Diane Darwin) trialled a speedier system giving schools a number which aided collating rather than using the school's name. The Librarians narrowly defeated the authors by half a point but it was a see-saw tussle. Thank you Lucy Coates and Linda Strachan for giving up your writing time in taking part in the quiz signing books and awarding spot prizes. Thank you Steve from Seven Stories for staffing the bookshop. The book prizes were kindly donated by Scholastic UK.