Darren Simpson launches Scavengers competition with Read On Nottingham

16 Oct 2020

Scavengers book cover2

Local Nottingham author Darren Simpson has teamed up with Read On Nottingham to launch a special competition based on his fantastic book Scavengers!

We’re challenging Nottingham City’s young people to get creative this half term and draw their own creations based on the world within Scavengers for the chance to win prizes!

Watch Darren’s video to find out more and listen to him read an extract from the book, then see below for further information on how to enter.

You can also download an extended version of his story extract (the whole of chapter 1!) on the button below.

How to enter

Children aged 5-8

Encourage your child to follow the steps below to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Scavengers plus a personal message on a postcard from Darren. Scavengers has a recommended reading age of 10+ so we’ll also send the winner a selection of age-appropriate books that they can read now!

  1. Watch the video above to learn more about the book from Darren – you can also download the extract for free and read it together
  2. Did you spot the animals Darren mentioned in his story? There was a dog, a parakeet and a squirrel! We want you to use your imagination and draw a picture of one of the animals mentioned
  3. Send a photo of your entry to us by Friday 13 November via email (nottingham@literacytrust.org.uk) or direct message on Read On Nottingham's Facebook page: fb.com/ReadOnNottm – be sure to include your name, post code, a contact email address, school and year group on your entry

Children and young people aged 9-14

Encourage your child to follow the steps below to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Scavengers plus a personal message on a postcard from Darren! If you already have a copy of Scavengers, Darren will send you a signed copy of his next book!

  1. Watch the video above and read the extended extract which can be downloaded here
  2. Use what you learned from the video and the extract to draw, paint or doodle what you imagine Hinterland looks like
  3. Think of three or more describing words or phrases to describe Hinterland and include around your picture – perhaps you can even incorporate them into your image!
  4. Send a photo of your entry to us by Friday 13 November via email (nottingham@literacytrust.org.uk) or direct message on Read On Nottingham's Facebook page: fb.com/ReadOnNottm – be sure to include your name, post code, a contact email address, school and year group on your entry



Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes Friday 13 November. A winner from each age group will be chosen after the competition closes. Only children aged 5 to 14 and living in Nottingham City can enter the competition. No more than one entry per child.