Teen book blogger wins digital talent award

Teen book blogger wins digital talent award

Amber Kirk-Ford, the teenager behind the Mile Long Bookshelf blog , will now contribute articles to a Penguin Random House UK blog after winning a Future8 award for young digital talent.
 
Kirk-Ford was the winner of the blogger category in the inaugural Future8 Awards, launched by teen marketing platform SuperAwesome in partnership with the Guardian to encourage 7-17 year olds in the UK and Ireland to develop their digital skills.
 
Shannon Cullen, publisher at PRH UK and one of the judges of the awards, said: “The Mile Long Bookshelf really stood out to me because of Amber’s distinctive personality that came across in her blogging and made the posts interesting and funny. I admired her honesty and the fact she mixed up the reviews with other book-related content, so it was fun too. Plus the layout meant it was very easy to read and navigate – a simple thing that is often overlooked.”
 
Amber will now contribute to the Penguin Blog and will have mentoring sessions with Bethan Barker, the senior digital marketing manager.
 
The other Future8awards were won by James Corneille (web developer), Jonathan White (animation), Faheem Anwar (mobile app), Natalie Shay (music), Seb Gallop (games), Fin Moorhouse (online video) and Billy Timimi (maker category).