Tag Archive | Catalyst 2011-12

Messages from the awards


Catalyst 2011 – a pupil’s eye view!

Report from Damon, Caldervale High School That’s it! Another year past for the Catalyst team. Another longlist shortlisted – another author crowned winner.  And one can only look back at what a great year it was. Going into its eighth year, the Catalyst team, once again, did a fantastic job. The longlist had been selected […]

Catalyst 2011

Report from Mrs Connor, LRC Manager, Chryston High School Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell hosted the 8th North Lanarkshire Catalyst Awards, presented to the best teenage book of the year. Hundreds of 3rd and 4th year pupils and four excited but nervous authors were present to see Alex Scarrow awarded Catalyst winner of 2011for […]

Cathy MacPhail at Greenfaulds High School, October 2011.

Cathy MacPhail, author of Catalyst shortlisted “Grass” visited a group of S3 pupils at Greenfaulds High. Cathy launched straight into questions and answers, and thank you to our author for dealing with some very tricky ones! Cathy also read an extract from “Grass” and gave some inspiring tips for creative writing, using her trusty workshop: […]

The winner of the Catalyst Award 2011 is…

The teenagers of North Lanarkshire have spoken and TimeRiders is the winner of the 2011 Catalyst Book Award. Congratulations to the wonderful Alex Scarrow, and commiserations to the amazing and lovely Gillian Cross, Cathy MacPhail  and Keren David. The awards took place at Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell, on Friday 28th October. Full details will follow […]

Keren David at OLHS

OLHS was delighted to welcome Catalyst shortlisted author, Keren David, along to the LRC on Thursday 27th October.  The audience was made up of 3rd and 4th year English classes who had participated in reading the Catalyst longlist, and the OLHS Creative Writers Group. Keren spoke for about half an hour about how changes in […]

Keren David @ Cardinal Newman

Report from Ms Skea On Thursday 27th October the Rapid Readers Cookie Club enjoyed a visit from the Catalyst Book Award 2011 shortlisted author Keren David. Keren gave a very interesting talk about her book ‘When I was Joe’ and also gave tips about creative writing and how to get into journalism. She also gave […]

Alex Scarrow @ Caldervale

As part of the Catalyst Awards Author Tour 2011, Alex Scarrow visited Caldervale High School.  Alex introduced his shortlisted novel, Time Riders, to a group of S3 pupils along with the Catalyst Book Group. His movie style trailer for the novel went down a storm as did his jumping on and off the furniture (and […]

Review competition closed

Well, the review competition’s closed (and we’re working on the results right now) and the schools are closed (for the October week) but the voting continues until 21st October in some of the public libraries.

Voting at Chryston High School

Report by Mrs Connor Pupils at Chryston High School have been voting for the past two weeks for the book they want to win the Catalyst Awards 2011. With such an exciting shortlist, pupils have had a tough time deciding on what book to vote for. To help, the Catalyst Book Group designed a display, […]