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Review Competition Deadline

Don’t forget to enter the Catalyst Review Competition Deadline for reviews is October 14th 2011 There are two prizes of an author visit: one for the school which provides the best review one for the school with the best collection of reviews The creator of the best review will also win an autographed set of […]

Catalyst Award 2011 – The Shortlist

We are delighted to announce that the shortlisted books for the Catalyst Award 2011 are: Where I belong by Gillian Cross When I was Joe by Keren David Grass by Cathy MacPhail TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow The Awards Ceremony will be held at Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell on Friday, October 28th 2011. All four authors […]

Welcome to Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell

The Catalyst Blog welcomes pupils from 2nd and 3rd year English at Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell to our comments pages. Pupils are blogging comments as they read, with a little healthy competition between the two year groups to see who can read the most! Good luck with the list and remember, please, no spoilers  […]

Gillian Philip tour

Report by Mrs McDonald, Caldervale High School and Mrs Datilli, St Andrews High School The Catalyst Live Author has commenced. Gillian Philip, author of Firebrand, visited North Lanarkshire on Wednesday 16th March. During her visit she gave talks to groups of S3 pupils at St. Andrew’s High School, Coatbridge and Airdrie Academy about her books, writing […]

Crime Central

A group of writers has got together to promote teenage crime fiction through a new blog called Crime Central. We thoroughly recommend the Anne Cassidy interview with Keren David, about her Catalyst-nominated book, When I was Joe.

Get Catalyst Active in 2011

Report by Rhona Skea, LRC Manager, Cardinal Newman HS The eagerly anticipated launch of the 8th Catalyst Book Award was announced at Kilsyth Academy on the 10th of February. The event included a very interesting talk from long listed author, Cathy MacPhail, who kept the pupils spell bound with her spooky ghost stories! On being […]

Catalyst Longlist 2011

Return to St Aidan’s

Report from Calum Smith, St Aidan’s 100 S3 pupils were treated recently to a return visit from North Lanarkshire Catalyst Award Winning author Linda Strachan. The St Aidan’s pupils had won a visit from the renowned author by posting the best collection of reviews of the Catalyst Longlist books on the Catalyst Blog. Linda talked about the […]

Recommendations for Catalyst 2011

We’re on the lookout for some amazing fiction that could be part of the 2011 longlist. If you’ve read a brilliant book suitable for 3rd and 4th year pupils, please let us know. There are a few rules but don’t worry if you’re not sure because we’ll check out all the relevant details. Catalyst 2011 […]

Linda Strachan

Linda Strachan, winner of this year’s Catalyst Award, has left a lovely message on her website about the Catalyst awards. Thanks, Linda, and look forward to seeing you soon.