Falkirk pupils celebrate Red Book Awards

The eighht annual Red Book Awards were a huge success
The eighht annual Red Book Awards were a huge success

Falkirk pupils painted the town hall red last week for the eighth annual Red Book Awards.

Over 250 S2 and S3 pupils from all the district’s high schools came together last Wednesday to celebrate the end of a literacy event they have been involved in since August.

The Awards involved English classes reading four shortlisted books, reviewing them and picking their favourite.

The ceremony not only sees a winner being announced but also gives pupils the chance to meet all four authors who are in the running for the accolade.

This year, author Terri Terry picked up the 2013-14 award after winning pupils’ hearts with ‘Slated’.

Yvonne Manning, principle librarian of Falkirk’s education services and the event organiser said: “It was excellent.

“It’s always a wonderful atmosphere which is full of energy and enthusiasm.

“The young people also wore red accessories which added a real sense of fun.

“We’ve also received really positive feedback since the awards.

“One author said, ‘You really know how to put on a book award ceremony’.”

Pupils were also busy providing entertainment for the event.

A drama group from Braes High and a singer from Graeme High were among the acts, and budding journalists, photographers and camera crews recorded and reported all the news from the day.

Yvonne added: “It’s all about literacy, but the pupils get the chance to be really creative in other ways, too.”