Edinburgh Book Festival

All pupils who signed up for the Edinburgh Book Festival trip on 29th August should pay their money now to Mrs Macfadyen.

The cost is now reduced to £6, thanks to the bus being paid for OLHS and a grant from the Festival. In addition, every young person visiting the Festival receives a £3 token to spend in the Festival bookshop.

If you want to find out more about the authors we are going to see, click here for the Festival website  or look up the individual authors.

Lisa Heathfield on Twitter: @LisaHeathfield

Katherine Howe’s website and Twitter: @katherinebhowe

Anne Cassidy’s website and Twitter: @annecassidy6


Kirkland Ciccone

Kirkland Ciccone with Angus and Brian.

Kirkland Ciccone with Angus and Brian.

Author, Kirkland Ciccone, visited Our Lady’s on Friday 22nd November, to discuss his life, his love of books, and his novel, Conjuring the Infinite with 3rd year pupils from the English Department.

Kirkland, a North Lanarkshire lad himself, kept the class giggling at the more surreal elements of his existence, before explaining how he became a published author, and why  the class should vote for Conjuring the Infinite to win the Catalyst Book Awards.

Before leaving, he staked his claim to becoming one of their favourite authors by signing everything put in front of him, and even allowing each pupil choose their own colour!

Thanks to School Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen, for arranging the visit, and to Miss McGhee for the loan of 3rd year for the afternoon.

Catalyst Awards 2010

Pupils from Mrs Millar’s 3rd year English class attended the Catalyst Book Awards at St Aidan’s last week, and enjoyed listening to shortlisted authors talking about their books: Linda Strachan with Spider; Paul Dowswell with Auslander; and Tim Bowler with Bloodchild.

The awards also showcased the film, Missing You, by North Lanarkshire film school, Lensheads.

OLHS pupils, Nina Mullen and Debbie Lennox, introduced Ms Strachan and read an excerpt from Spider, and subsequently lunched with all of the authors and the Catalyst committee.

A full report is available on the Catalyst blog.

Catalyst Award 2009

Every year, the Catalyst Teen Book Award is voted for by pupils in 3rd and 4th year in North Lanarkshire. The shortlist was announced at New Stevenson Library as follows:

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 a lot of time in Lanarkshire. My childhood holidays were spent on a farm in Perthshire and those early experiences form several passages in my books. Looking forward to some new ones.

Helena Pielichaty – Accidental Friends
Helena Pielichaty says –
I am absolutely delighted to be on this wonderful shortlist. It shows what fine taste the people of North Lanarkshire have. Accidental Friends is a very important book for me and it’s an enormous boost to know it’s been singled out in this way. I think this award is very special as it is the teenagers themselves who will be voting.

Simon Morden – The Lost Art
Simon Morden says –
I am, of course, delighted and surprised to be shortlisted for the Catalyst award. To find myself in such exalted company is an honour. To know I got there by being chosen by readers is humbling. Being on the Catalyst shortlist is both a huge encouragement and a stern challenge – since writers never stop writing, I realise I have to try and make the next book better than the last one.

Theresa Breslin – Nostradamus Prophecy
Theresa Breslin says –
I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected for the shortlist for this terrific award voted for by the pupils of North Lanarkshire. It’s amazing feeling for your book to be chosen as a contender from among the many thousands of titles published each year. I’m looking forward to visiting the schools, chatting to the pupils, librarians and teachers, and all the excitement of the award ceremony.

All of the books are available from Mrs Macfadyen in the LRC.

The main awards ceremony will take place October 8th in the Motherwell Concert Hall.

Authors visit OLHS

We are incredibly excited to welcome two award winning authors to Our Lady’s next week.

On Tuesday, we host Anthony McGowan, the award winning author of Hellbent and Henry’s Tumour (which won the North Lanarkshire Catalyst Award last year). Anthony is coming to charm the Advanced Higher English class and discuss the process of creative writing. You can read a short story by Anthony McGowan here.

On Wednesday, Berlie Doherty will be coming to talk to some 3rd year pupils. Most pupils will remember reading sections from Berlie’s novel, Granny was a Buffer Girl, in English classes. Her latest novel, Abela: the Girl who Saw Lions, is a finalist in this year’s Catalyst Awards.