Chelsey Flood wins Branford Boase Award
UEA alumna Chelsey Flood has won this year’s Branford Boase Award for her first novel for young adults, ‘Infinite Sky’, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. Earlier this year Chelsey was also awarded the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and was nominated for the The Carnegie Medal and the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category. Chelsey (pictured) was born in Derby and gained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best Creative Writing dissertation. ‘Infinite Sky’ was written while she was on the MA. The Branford Boase Award also recognizes the editor of the book, Venetia Gosling. She and Chelsey received their awards from the former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson at a ceremony in London last night.