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Monifieth hosts Book Awards

Pictured at the Angus Book Awards, from left - Councillor Sheena Welsh, pupils Max Kelly, Sarah Hammond, Chloe Anderson, Phil Earle, Robert Black and ABA 2014 Winner Matt Whyman. Picture courtesy of Kim Cessford

Pictured at the Angus Book Awards, from left - Councillor Sheena Welsh, pupils Max Kelly, Sarah Hammond, Chloe Anderson, Phil Earle, Robert Black and ABA 2014 Winner Matt Whyman. Picture courtesy of Kim Cessford

Author Matt Whyman has won the 2014 Angus Book Award for his novel ‘The Savages’.

The award ceremony on Tuesday, May 20, at Monifieth High School was hosted by second year pupils Max Kelly and Chloe Anderson.

Max and Chloe presented the prize of £500 and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to the winning author.

Accepting the award, Matt said: “I am thrilled, shocked and honoured to win this prestigious award.

“For me, it’s the high point of a brilliant day visiting schools across Angus and meeting such enthusiastic young readers together with two inspirational authors, Phil Earle and Sarah Hammond.

“The trophy will take pride of place in my kitchen at home, where the idea for the story about an ordinary, hard-working family of cannibals began.”

Film presentations showcasing pupils skills developed through the council’s ‘Moving Image Education’ initiative were screened at the event.

Prizes for the best alternative book jacket were won by Justyna Butkiewicz from Arbroath Academy for her version of ‘The Night Sky in My Head’ and Kirsty Morris from Carnoustie High School for her version of ‘Heroic’. The winner of the book blurb competition was Dawn Stewart of Forfar Academy for her blurb on ‘Heroic’.

Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council Education convener said: “Congratulations to Matt on winning this year’s Angus Book Award, and to all the authors who were shortlisted. The Angus Book Award would not be the fantastic event it is without the wholehearted commitment and enthusiasm of all the authors and the young people themselves.

“Reading all the books and voting for their favourite encourages our young people to engage with high quality modern literature and develop a lifelong interest in reading.”

 

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