Back to school for authors

In the run-up to the announcement of the winner of the 2012 Angus Book Award, the short-listed authors had a full day of visits to the eight Angus secondary schools on Tuesday (yesterday) to meet pupils who have taken part in the voting process.

The four novels in the running for this year’s award were read by around 400 Angus third year pupils before they voted for their favourite book in a secret ballot. The winner will be revealed at the award ceremony which this year is being held at Carnoustie High School.

The Angus Book Award is an Angus Council initiative to encourage teenagers to read and enjoy quality teenage fiction.

The award lead the way for awards of this kind across the UK and through the years has given young people a taste of democracy in action by giving them a voice.

The four shortlisted titles are: Pastworld by Ian Beck (Bloomsbury), Flip by Martin Bedford (Walker Books), iBoy by Kevin Brooks (Penguin Books), Being Billy by Phil Earle (Penguin Books). This year, the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the Angus Book Award and the return of previous winner Kevin Brooks. During yesterday’s visits Ian Beck met with pupils at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir and Martyn Bedford met pupils at Forfar Academy. Sponsors of the event are Micro Librarian Systems and Scotia Books.