Angus author wins book award

An Angus author has been crowned the 2015 Angus Book Award winner, as voted by pupils from the county’s secondary schools.

Carmen Reid, who grew up near Montrose, won the award for her novel ‘Cross My Heart’, a gripping story of espionage and war-time resistance.

It is the 20th year the award has been held, with pupils casting their votes in a secret ballot before the winner is announced at special ceremony - this year held at Montrose Town Hall.

Montrose Academy pupils Jason Robbie and Hayley Glennie, who hosted the event, presented the prize of £500 and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to Carmen.

Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council education convener, said: “The competition this year was very tough and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors.

“Over the last 20 years these awards have encouraged teenagers to be enthused about reading.

“Here’s to the next 20 years where we will continue to provide exciting opportunities for new generations of Angus pupils to meet with authors.”

Accepting the award, Carmen said: “I am surprised and delighted and totally honoured to win this award. A huge thank you to everyone involved today.”