Mrs Mitchell took her 3rd year class to Motherwell Civic Centre on 9th October to see Julie Bertagna winning the finals of the Catalyst Book Awards, with her novel, Zenith, as voted for by pupils across North Lanarkshire. The other finalists were:
North Lanarkshire pupils introduced each author and gave a short insight into the author’s nominated book, then each author spoke to the audience themselves.
Also in attendance were pupils from the Advanced Higher English class, who were there to act as microphone bearers for Question Time at the end, hobnob with authors, make friends and influence people. They also took lots of photos, especially of new best friend Anthony McGowan (Tony to his friends), last year’s winner and this year’s compere.
Pupils have noticed an uncanny similarity between Mrs Mitchell and shortlisted author, Catherine MacPhail (in black and red at the front of the photo) – twins separated at birth?
Copies of all the novels will be available in the LRC after the holidays.