Local author shortlisted for major award

Alex McCall pictured on a visit to his old school Kemnay Academy
Alex McCall pictured on a visit to his old school Kemnay Academy
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Local author and former Kemnay Academy pupil Alex McCall has been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

Alex, who is currently studying Filmmaking and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland and is one of Scotland’s youngest published authors. Alex, who grew up in Kittbrewster and now lives in Kintore and attended Kemnay Academy, is shortlisted in the Younger Readers (8-11 yrs) category of the awards for his debut novel “Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens”. The book, published by Kelpies, is a hilarious story which is packed with adventure and chicken jokes.

This inaugural book has already won the 2013 Kelpies Prize, part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Since being published Alex has talked in several schools, including Kemnay Academy, where he holds workshops for the children.

Commenting on his nomination, Alex said, “I’m overjoyed to be shortlisted for this Scottish Children’s Book Award. It’s fantastic to think that my first published novel could get a response like this.”

Run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland, these are Scotland’s largest book awards, split into three age categories, with a total prize fund of £12,000. Shortlisted authors and illustrators receive £500 per book, and the three winning books receive £3,000 each. Over the next five months, children across Scotland will be reading the three shortlisted books in their age category and voting for their favourite. The three winning books will be announced in March next year.