THE Third book in the Thumble Tumble series of children’s books will be launching this Saturday on Arran.
Written by Angela Proctor, Thumble Tumble and the Eagalach Cup, is the latest in a popular series and you can meet the author too in Brodick this weekend.
The book continues the little witches adventures and centres on a crazy game of Thistle Pixie Football (Eagalach) which really rattles Mogdred!
The family fun starts at 11am until 1pm Saturday, September 30 in Brodick Hall.
The author writes, “When I came across the story of the boys marooned on Star an Armin in 1727, it tantalised me with its lack of detail. A party of fowlers went out to harvest gannets, feathers and eggs, and no boat came to take them home again. What did they suppose had happened? What explanation crossed their minds? How did they cope? I thought I knew where I wanted to take the story, but a usual the joy came in finding out as I went along. The novel is more guesswork than history…”
Borders-based author Claire McFall has been named the winner of the very first Scottish Teenage Book Prize.
Claire’s third novel, Black Cairn Point, received votes from 12 – 16 yr olds across Scotland to beat off stiff competition from the two other shortlisted titles, Keith Gray’s The Last Soldier and Joan Lennon’s Silver Skin.
The author will receive £3,000 and the two runners-upwill £500 each. The new prize was set up to celebrate the most popular teen books by Scottish authors, and is run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland.
Black Cairn Point, set in Dumfries and Galloway and published by Hot Key Books, is described as “a chilling and atmospheric thriller which explores what happens when an ancient malevolent spirit is reawakened”.
Claire received news of her Scottish Teenage Book Prize win from vlogger Claire Forrester aka The Book Fox at The Edinburgh Book Shop in Bruntsfield and the announcement video is available on the Scottish Book Trust’s website. [see link at the bottom of this post]
“I’m over the moon that Black Cairn Point has been voted the winner of the first Scottish Teenage Book Prize,” Claire said. “It’s a brilliant award that encourages young people around Scotland to read books about and from their country and their culture. But it also encourages them to get involved by taking part in the competitions for readers that run alongside. Silver Skin and The Last Soldier are both terrific books, so to know that readers chose my novel is an enormous compliment. This is why I write.”
Claire is a writer and English teacher who lives in Clovenfords in the Scottish Borders. Her first book, Ferryman, was a love story which retold the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who transported souls to the underworld. The novel won the Older Readers Category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2013; was long-listed for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) Book Awards and long-listed for the Branford Boase Award; and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. The sequel to the Ferryman is due to be released in September.
Aspiring young film makers were also asked to get involved with The Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 by creating their own book trailer for one of the shortlisted titles or entering a graphic novel to create a comic strip adaption of a scene from one of the books. Scottish Book Trust provides extensive learning resources for teachers and librarians on how to create book trailers and how to make the most of using comics in the classroom.
St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock is the winner of the Book Trailer Competition. Their trailer will be featured on Scottish Book Trust website and they will receive a £250 Waterstones voucher to help stock their school library.
Latest copy of the splendid TEEEN TITLES, published by Edinburgh City Council three times a year, and always packed with reader reviews and special features.
Issue #67 chooses Guardian Fiction Prize winner Crongton Knights as its cover book and carries a feature interview with the author, Brian Conaghan, on p7.
Also interviewed in this edition, Sally Christie author of The Icarus Show, and Tom Becker, author of Dark Room.
Good to read strong reader recommendations fro two teen novels from last year that I enjoyed myself: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach.
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Five aspiring children’s book illustrators are to benefit from a Scottish-based scheme to boost their careers.
Founded by the leading Edinburgh-based writer Vivian French, the Picture Hooks scheme, which is backed by Creative Scotland, will see the illustrators work with experienced artists for a year, and their work displayed at an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for three months.
Scottish Book TRust have announced the shortlisted titles for The Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017!
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Kelpies Prize 2016 Winner Announced
The winner of the 2016 Kelpies Prize 2016 is Elizabeth Ezra for Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic!
The other shortlisted authors were Christine Laurenson and Alan McClure.
Ezra has received a cheque for £2000.
Rosemary Goring previews an upcoming Scottish conference on forgotten children’s books opf the pastL
Eager to resurrect as many lost texts as possible, Bold and Dunnigan are also keen to see if they can trace a distinctive Scottish character in children’s writing from these centuries. Dunnigan, who began her career as a Scottish medievalist, is particularly interested in the fairytale tradition. “I began to wonder when children’s literature in Scotland began,” she says, over a coffee in Edinburgh. “The idea of the hidden history and the hidden voices of Scotland’s past.”
The project was too big for her to tackle herself, and she spoke to Bold, with whom she had discovered a shared interest in children’s literature. The outcome is a unique two-day conference in Dumfries, next weekend, to discuss various aspects of children’s literature. The Scottish Children’s Literature Symposium is open to the public, and promises not only to be fascinating, but to act as an impetus for the academic fraternity to discover more about the “missing link” in children’s literature.
As Bold says, “I don’t think J K Rowling comes out of nowhere, and there’s a genealogy that needs to be more specifically identified… We need to get to the source of where this burgeoning of fantastic writers, like Jacqueline Wilson, comes from. Even if they’re not aware of it.” For Dunnigan, quite simply “It’s about recovering Scotland’s lost heritage of children’s storytelling, which is a vital part of our culture.”
Although most of us have heard of the giants of 19th-century Scottish children’s fiction – George Macdonald, Robert Louis Stevenson and J M Barrie – other writers of books for younger readers, such as the Victorian poet Violet Jacob and Shetland folklorist Jessie Saxby, are either largely forgotten or ignored. Jacob gathered and retold fairy stories after the death of her eight-year-old son, while Saxby was unusual for drawing on Viking history for her adventure stories for boys, and for setting her stories on the “cultural margins”, on remote islands. A further question, about the nature of the north in children’s literature, is raised by Saxby’s work, among others, suggesting fruitful fields of inquiry for decades to come.
Since many of the writers and illustrators of children’s books were women, the problem of neglect appears to have been compounded. Dunnigan believes there is a deep gulf of lost material between these writers and those of today. “Peter Pan,” she says, “is the one text that’s the lynchpin, that holds it together… Even so, Barrie himself tended to be seen as an isolated figure.”
How appropriate, then, that the first day of the conference will take place at Moat Brae, in Dumfries. A beautiful Georgian town house, it has been dubbed “the birthplace of Peter Pan”, because this was where J M Barrie played with his school friends Stewart and Hal Gordon. As the playwright later wrote, “these escapades in a certain Dumfries garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work – Peter Pan.” The house’s restoration will not be complete for another two years, but it is still accessible for limited use before its official opening in the summer of 2017 as a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling.
The second day will be held at the Crichton campus, and topics discussed will range from Maureen Farrell on The Beginnings Of Scottish Children’s Literature and Linden Bicket discussing “Seals, witches, truants [and] sailors”: George Mackay Brown’s Orcadian Tales For Children, to Rob Dunbar on Scottish Gaelic Children’s Literature Of The 19th Century and Rhona Brown on Educating The Female Child: Debates From The Scottish Periodical Press, 1750-1800. Not to mention Bold on children’s chapbook literature and Dunnigan on fairy tales and women writers.
Scottish Children’s Literature: Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J M Barrie, Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27 in Dumfries. For details contact on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01387 345 371
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Three books showcasing the “best of Scottish children’s writing” have been shortlisted for this year’s Kelpies Prize.
The prize, organised by publisher Floris Books, is in its 10th year and is for unpublished writers of books that are set in Scotland and aimed at children aged 8-11.
This year three titles are shortlisted:
- The Superpower Project by Paul J Bristow, a comic adventure set in Glasgow’s Clydeside
- The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson, a story about Lily and how mixed-up family life can be
- My Fake Brother by Joan Pratt, about a girl called Kamryn and her new foster brother.
Eleanor Collins, senior editor at Floris Books, praised the “accomplished children’s debuts”, adding: “We were thrilled to receive so many outstanding entries this year.”
The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 14th August and will receive a £2,000 book prize and a book deal with Floris Books’ Kelpies imprint.