RED Book Award
Falkirk's annual RED Book Award is a celebration of books and reading. Since 2006
hundreds of 13 and 14-year-olds from the Falkirk area have voted for their favourite
books and had the chance to meet acclaimed authors from across the UK.
The RED award ceremony took place on 29/01/16 at the Falkirk Town Hall. 250 young
people attended from every secondary school in the Falkirk Council area. Each school
provides a creative interpretation of one of the shortlisted books.
The authors enjoy watching their readers deliver their opinion of the books through
powerpoint and drama.
There was an opportunity for the young people to meet and talk to the authors at
the signing table and during the question & answer session. During the ceremony
groups of pupils acted as journalists, photographers and a media group interviewed
authors and participants for their school radio broadcast and filmed the event.
Everyone is encouraged to wear a red accessory which contributes to the fun and energy
of the day. It was a wonderful event - a celebration of books and reading culminating
in the opening of the red envelope to reveal he winner of the RED Book Award. The
winner was Mind Blind by Lari Don.
This year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the RED Book Award and to acknowledge
this milestone, 10 schools across the world were invited to participate in the Book
Award. Copies of the shortlisted books were sent to them and some Falkirk Council
pupils were able to Skype the young people in other countries to discuss the books.
The countries taking part were Australia, China (2 schools), Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi,
Malaysia, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.
A quilt (see above), featuring all previous RED winners and material from the countries
who took part, was made by Anne Ngabia, school librarian at Grangemouth High School,
and will act as a fabulous legacy for the RED Book Award.
The shortlist for this year's RED Book Award was:
- Beneath by Gill Arbuthnot
- Salvage by Keren David
- Mind Blind by Lari Don
- Inflicted by Ria Frances
If you'd like to shadow the awards, you can borrow the shortlisted titles from your
local library. Alternatively, you can
search the library catalogue to reserve a copy of the RED books.
You can also view a list of previous RED winners