It’s red all over at the book awards!

Morgan Meldrum, St Mungo's; Clare Campbell, St Mungo's; Andrew Stowe, Larbert; and Jessica Donaghie, St Mungo's show the shortlisted books
Morgan Meldrum, St Mungo's; Clare Campbell, St Mungo's; Andrew Stowe, Larbert; and Jessica Donaghie, St Mungo's show the shortlisted books

Seeing red was the order of the day when the Falkirk Council Book Awards were held on Wednesday ... but in the best possible way.

Pupils, age 13 and 14 years from each of the secondary schools in Falkirk Council area attended the ceremony in the Town Hall along with authors of the shortlisted books, and other guests.

RED stands for ‘Read, Enjoy, Debate’ and the pupils did just that with four books which the library service short listed for their enjoyment.

These were ‘An Act of Love’ by Alan Gibbons, ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece’ by Annabel Pitcher, ‘Blood Red Road’ by Moira Young, and ‘Gladiator, Fight for Freedom’ by Simon Scarrow.

The pupils voted for their favourite and the winner announced on Wednesday afternoon was Alan. Annabel was unable to attend the event but Simon and Moira were there.

The award day, when the pupils traditionally turn out dressed in red or sporting red accessories, began with pupil journalists interviewing the authors who were then introduced to the audience.

Each school gave creative presentations of the shortlisted books, and there was musical entertainment by Bo’ness Academy, a Braes Youth Theatre drama about bullying, singing by Daniel Louis from St Mungo’s, a soliloquy from Braes High, Double Trouble from Grangemouth High, and a dance group from Falkirk High.

The four authors also gave short talks and they made themselves available at lunchtime to sign books.

The pupils contributed in no small measure to the day which was full of fun and energy and they also enjoyed themselves.

Watch out for more pictures and full results next week.