Jennifer Macfadyen

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

Sadly, we have decided that it is impossible to continue with Catalyst at the moment. Our thanks to all of the authors who came to visit over the years, the librarians and teachers who supported us and most importantly, of course, to the readers. We hope we’ve helped you to discover new stories and new […]

Kirkland at Teen Titles

Kirkland Ciccone gave an interview to Teen Titles magazine. If you are a fan of Kirkland’s, you won’t want to miss it. There’s a link to the interview at this link here.

Catalyst 2014 Awards

Catalyst Award 2014

Congratulations to Kirkland Ciccone for Conjuring the Infinite Winner of the 2014 Catalyst Book Award When he heard the news, Kirkland was quite overcome, but managed to choke out a couple of words, This is the best sort of award to win, because it’s voted for by readers. I would like to thank my driver, […]

Kirkland Ciccone at Clyde Valley

North Lanarkshire author, Kirkland Ciccone, recently visited Clyde Valley High School. Kirkland addressed a receptive audience of S3 pupils from Mrs Cimmino’s class and spoke about his debut novel, Conjuring the Infinite. An enthusiastic exponent of books and reading, Kirkland delivered a highly amusing talk while emphasising the educational and recreational benefits to be gained […]

Catalyst Shortlist 2014

Young people in schools and libraries have cast their votes for this year’s Catalyst shortlist. In no particular order, the lucky books are: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks  Conjuring the infinite by Kirkland Ciccone Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher Siege by Sarah Mussi Commiserations to those who didn’t make it to the shortlist. The voting […]

Kirkland Ciccone – in their own words

Kirkland Ciccone visited OLHS to talk about his life, love of reading and collection of insane book titles. Here’s what his audience thought: Name: AG Best bit: his life story What did you learn: boys can read girly books Loved it: you can’t predict what’s going to happen Name: KS Best bit: life story What […]

Elizabeth Wein launches the Catalyst longlist for 2014

Gillian Philip at OLHS

Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition – The Winners!

Congratulations to Amy Connolly, Connie McFarlane, Kirsty Craigie and Alex Burke of Kilsyth Academy, whose trailer for Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti, has been selected as the winner of the Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013. Judge, Anton Smith, from the Learning Centre is Bellshill, told us, I enjoyed all of the trailers and the powerpoint […]