Pupils’ choice for Angus Book Award winner announced at ceremony

With pupils who compered the awards night in Arbroath High School - back l to r - William Osborne, Chris Preistly and Tim Bowler - front - Kimberly Nicholson, Teri Terry and Fraser Scott.
With pupils who compered the awards night in Arbroath High School - back l to r - William Osborne, Chris Preistly and Tim Bowler - front - Kimberly Nicholson, Teri Terry and Fraser Scott.

The winner of the 2013 Angus Book Awards was revealed as author Teri Terry at an awards ceremony held on Wednesday evening.

The event was held in Arbroath High School and hosted by second year pupils Fraser Scott and Kimberly Nicholson.

They were on hand to present the prize of £500 and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to the winning author.

Slated is published by Orchard Books and is Teri Terry’s first novel.

The other short listed titles were, Buried Thunder by Tim Bowler (Oxford University Press), Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne (Chicken House) and Mister Creecher Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury).

Angus Council’s Education Convener Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “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. I am delighted we have so many pupils who enjoy reading and who have enthusiastically taken part in the process to choose the winner. Being actively involved in selecting the winning author gives our young people the opportunity to read and discuss high quality modern literature and I hope that this participation will help to encourage a lifelong interest in reading.”

Film presentations showcasing pupils skills developed through the council’s Moving Image Education initiative were screened and prizes for the best alternative book jacket were preented to Mirren Wallace from Forfar Academy for her version of Mr. Creecher and to Shaun Powell of Arbroath Academy for the winning book blurb of Slated.

Commenting on the award Teri said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win the Angus Book Award tonight. I’ve had a fantastic time in Angus.”