Downham’s Amber is a blogging winner

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A 16-year-old blogger from Downham was one of eight teens presented with an award at a national ceremony showcasing the top young digital talent in the UK.

The top young digital creators were announced as winners at The Future8 Awards Reveal 2014 on Saturday, when an exclusive ceremony was held at Google Campus, in London.

Amber Kirk-Ford has been blogging since she was seven-years-old and entered with her current blog Mile Long Bookshelf for which she received a unanimous vote from the Blogger Category judges.

She writes a twice monthly column in the Tuesday Lynn News, Forever Amber, on her teenage view of the world – articles that are often praised by letter writes to the paper.

Amber’s mother said: “We’ve watched Amber build her website up from nothing. She puts so much hard work into it, including coding the site and designing her own graphics. We feel she is a very deserving winner and we’re extremely proud of her achievements. This is a very exciting time for Amber, and we are very grateful for the wonderful opportunity Future8 has given her to work with Penguin Random House UK.”

Amber will become a special correspondent for one of Penguin Random House UK’s prestigious blogs, as well as receiving mentoring sessions with Bethan Barker, award-winning blogger and senior digital marketing manager at Penguin Random House UK. She will also win a huge bundle of books from Penguin Random House UK authors.

Bethan Barker said: “Bloggers are the key influencers who share buzz, create hype and put huge amounts of effort into reading, rating and reviewing our books.

“I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor and work with Amber, who has created an incredibly engaging and innovative bookish blog world with The Mile Long Bookshelf. I look forward to her offering a fresh voice to the Penguin blog and I have a feeling I can learn something from her, as much as she can from me!”