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 […]

Shortlist announcement

The North Lanarkshire Catalyst Teenage Book Award 2010 shortlist will be announced at the opening of the new T-Space in Motherwell Library and then here on June 16th. The shortlisted books were chosen on the basis of comments left on this blog and with local school and public librarians. Why not let us know if […]

Theresa Breslin Q&A

What book are you reading just now? (Amy) I’m reading Spider by Linda Strachan – very exciting! How did you start writing your book? (Sara) I usually use a pencil and notepad for first notes and just scribble words and phrases that come into my head. Where did you get your initial ideas? (Sarah, Sophie, […]


Helena Pielichaty gave us a mention on her blog (scroll down to October 11th and October 4th) with some great pictures (and lovely compliments!). It was certainly great to have you here, Helena!

The Lost Art offer

Simon Morden has an interesting offer on his website – he will send a signed bookplate to the first 100 people to contact him. For more information, read this page on his blog.

How we choose the books

Here is how we selected the finalists for the Catalyst Awards 2009. The original selection of books was over 17 pages long – that’s why it’s called a longlist! But there are rules for Catalyst books that helped us cut the list down: The book must have been published between 1st July 2007 – 30th […]

Reactions to Catalyst

Garry Kilworth – The Hundred-Towered City Garry Kilworth says – I´m very excited and more than pleased to be on such a prestigious shortlist and in such excellent company. I shall look forward to my visit to Scotland with great enthusiasm.  Although I’ve visited Scotland on many occasions, and love it, I don´t remember spending […]

Catalyst Finalists 2009

The announcement of this year’s Catalyst Shortlist will take place in New Stevenston Library at 10.00 am on World Book Day – Thursday 5th March. Pupils from St Maurice’s, St Aidan’s, Cardinal Newman and Brannock High Schools will provide a brief biography of the four final authors, and will read a short extract from each […]