Kintore author celebrates leading award

Kintore author Alex McCall.
Kintore author Alex McCall.
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A young Kintore author has won a top fiction award.

Alex McCall, 19, has become the youngest winner of the Kelpies Prize.

Scottish publishers Floris Book revealed last week that the first-time children’s author had landed the leading accolade in their annual children’s fiction prize.

The announcement was made at an exclusive ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival attended by award-winning authors, agents, booksellers and bloggers.

Alex’s winning entry was ‘Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens’ - about robot chickens causing mayhem on the streets of Aberdeen.

The young author said he was delighted to receive the award and thanked his friends and family for their support.

Alex, who is studying filmmaking and screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland, received a £2000 prize and his book will be published in the Kelpies range next spring.

He has published several poetry and short story anthologies, and runs Skald’s Tavern, a blog dedicated to creative writing and reviewing.

Eleanor Collins, senior commissioning editor for Floris Books, said: “The shortlisted authors all came up with original and exciting ideas — we were extremely mpressed.

“However, Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens stood out for the way it blended humour, a real sense of adventure and an extraordinary plot.

“The image of giant robot chickens causing mayhem on the streets of Aberdeen had us completely absorbed.

“Congratulations to Alex McCall for writing such an imaginative and funny novel for children.”

Floris Books launched the Kelpies Prize in 2004 with support from the Scottish Arts Council, now Creative Scotland, to encourage and reward Scottish writing for children.

Submissions must be set wholly, or mainly, in Scotland and be suitable for children aged 8 to 12.