‘The Savages’ is voted this year’s Angus Book Award winner

Secondary school pupils from across the county attended this year’s Angus Book Award ceremony, which saw Matt Whyman named as this year’s winner.

The ceremony was held at Monifieth High School and hosted by second year pupils Max Kelly and Chloe Anderson who presented the £500 prize and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to the winning author.

Mr Whyman’s book, ‘The Savages’, came out top of the shortlist of three novels after a vote conducted across all Angus secondary schools.

The other shortlisted authors and titles were ‘Heroic’ by Phil Earle and ‘The Night Sky in My Head’ by Sarah Hammond.

An annual event, which began in 1996, it aims to promote reading for enjoyment by teenagers in Angus and it gives both committed and less enthusiastic readers the chance to engage with new, rewarding and accessible books.

Participating pupils had the opportunity to read and take part in discussions around the three shortlisted books, before voting for their favourite in a secret ballot.

Film presentations showcasing pupils’ skills developed through the council’s Moving Image Education initiative were also screened at the event and Forfar Academy pupil Dawn Stewart was presented with the prize for the book blurb competition for her alternative description of ‘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.”