David Walliams a candidate to win Wheathampsted jeweller’s trophy at children’s book awards

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 22 February 2013

Rachel Jeffrey with the acorn trophy and oak leaf bookmark she designed for children's book awards

Rachel Jeffrey with the acorn trophy and oak leaf bookmark she designed for children's book awards

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COMEDIAN and author David Walliams could be one of the lucky winners to pick up a trophy crafted by a Wheathampstead jeweller at a children’s book awards ceremony this weekend.

Rachel Jeffrey was asked to put her stamp on part of the trophy that will be handed out at the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013 at London’s Southbank Centre on Saturday.

The silversmith, who runs a jewellery business in Mill Walk, has spent weeks making an acorn which fits in the middle of the prize and a keepsake oak leaf bookmark for the triumphant authors.

Rachel, who already knows who the winners are but has been sworn to secrecy, said: “It is a wonderful organisation to be involved with and it is nice to make something a bit different than just your bog-standard trophy cup.

“I have always felt you could not do much with a trophy apart from put it on your mantelpiece, so I decided to make a bookmark so they could use them daily.”

The Red House Children’s Books Award is the only national book award that is voted for entirely by children. Among those shortlisted include David Walliams for his novel Gangsta Granny and previous winner Sophie McKenzie for her thriller The Medusa Project.

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