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‘Savage’ choice for pupils

Author Sarah Hammond visited Carnoustie High School on Tuesday as part of the Angus Book Award.

Author Sarah Hammond visited Carnoustie High School on Tuesday as part of the Angus Book Award.

The shortlisted authors in this year’s Angus Book Awards were touring schools in our area to drum up support ahead of the big vote.

Finalists, Phil Earle, Sarah Hammond and Matt Whyman visited Arbroath High School, Arbroath Academy, Carnoustie High School and Monifieth High School to meet pupils who have been reading and voting on their work.

Monifieth High School held the awards ceremony on Tuesday and S2 pupils Max Kelly and Chloe Anderson hosted the event and present Matt Whyman with a cheque for £500 and his Angus Book Award trophy.

His novel ‘The Savages’ was described as a darkly witty and mouth-watering tale of the ultimate taboo.

Angus Council education convener Councillor Sheena Welsh 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.”

The award is sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems.

 

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