Nominated author visits Academy

20110517- Author Paul Dowswell at Montrose Academy. 'Academy students Andrew Littlewood, Ruairidh Carnegie, Lewis Clark, Ronan Valentine, Craig Heeney and Jordan Milne were some of the youngsters who listened to a presentation and question and answer session from author Paul Dowswell who was a finalist in this year's Angus Book Awards. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

20110517- Author Paul Dowswell at Montrose Academy. 'Academy students Andrew Littlewood, Ruairidh Carnegie, Lewis Clark, Ronan Valentine, Craig Heeney and Jordan Milne were some of the youngsters who listened to a presentation and question and answer session from author Paul Dowswell who was a finalist in this year's Angus Book Awards. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

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MONTROSE Academy pupils came face to face with author Paul Dowswell in the run-up to this year’s Angus Book Award.

Mr Dowswell visited the school last Tuesday as part of the tour of Angus secondaries undertaken by all of the award’s shortlisted authors to meet the pupils who took part in the voting process.

He delivered a presentation to pupils before holding question and answer session.

The four novels that were in the running for this year’s award were read by around 400 third year pupils before they voted for their favourite book in a secret ballot.

The Angus Book Award is an Angus Council initiative to encourage teenagers to read and enjoy quality teenage fiction. The scheme, now in its 16th year, leads 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 and a vote.

This year’s four shortlisted titles were ‘When I Was Joe’ by Keren David (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), ‘Auslander’ by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury), ‘Wasted’ by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books) and ‘Luke and Jon’ by Robert Williams (Faber and Faber).