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Doodle bug

ASSORTED Sheffield celebrities have done doodles in aid of charity.

Former Sheffield United footballer and scorer of the first ever goal in the Premier League Brian Deane, author and illustrator Anthony Browne, and TV presenter Charlotte Hudson (Watchdog, Brainiac: History Abuse), both born in Sheffield, are taking part in this year’s National Doodle Day.

Their doodles will be auctioned on eBay next Friday, National Doodle Day to raise money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

National Doodle Day aims to get as many people doodling as possible to help support over 40,000 people with epilepsy across the Yorkshire and Humber region. The celebrity doodle eBay auction will begin on National Doodle Day and will run until February 17.

This year, Epilepsy Action is inviting budding artists to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ with the chance of a prize for anyone taking part. Prizes for the best doodles will be awarded in three categories – seven years and under, 8-16 years and 17 years and over. The winning doodlers will receive up to £150 worth of arts and crafts vouchers and a 3D stuffed figure, custom-made to look exactly like their doodle courtesy of Lucy Moose. There is an additional competition for schools and colleges

See www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk for details.

Literary history

CONGRATULATIONS to Hilary Mantel for winning the £30,000 Costa Book Award for her novel, Bring Up the Bodies.

With the second instalment of her trilogy charting the life of Thomas Cromwell she had already made literary history by becoming the first woman and the first British writer to win the Man Booker award twice following her triumph with Wolf Hall..

Now Mantel is the first to win both the Man Booker and the Costa prize

Sheffield always takes pride in her achievements because of her connections with the city. Graduating in Law from the University of Sheffield in 1973 she stayed on in the city for a few years. She recieved an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree in 2005

Frank footnote

THERE were many affectionate tributes to sports journalist Frank Keating who has died aged 75. While he is naturally associated with The Guardian and The Observer it is a fact that he was also a Sheffield Telegraph writer. When the paper launched in 1989 it took a syndicated column by the great sports enthusiast in its early days until the decision was taken to make the sports coverage exclusively local.