Sunday 23 July 2017

Katie's story has the write stuff

John Spain Books Editor

A STORY written by a 14-year-old Irish schoolgirl has been chosen as the cover story for a compilation of short stories to mark World Book Day.

Katie O'Reilly, a pupil at Hartstown Community School in west Dublin, was the only Irish winner in the competition, which attracted entries from thousands of schools across Ireland and the UK.

The best stories and poems are published in an anthology every year.

Katie's story, entitled 'Imagination Station', was such a big hit with the judges that they chose the title of her story as the overall title for this year's anthology of 12 winning stories and poems.

Competition was very keen this year with more than 3,800 entries from over 2,700 schools in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Katie said: "My story is about two teenagers, Beth and Thomas, who used to be best friends when they were younger but have grown a bit apart.

"They end up in a station that does not exist but has magical powers that works on their imaginations.

"It's called Imagination Station ... it brings them back together again."

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the 21st Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards was also revealed yesterday.

The 10 titles on the shortlist will compete for six awards, which include, for the second year running, the 'Children's Choice Award', voted for by 10 junior juries located across the country.

This year's total prize fund is €19,000, with the overall winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award receiving €10,000. The winners will be announced on May 16.

The shortlisted titles are (in alphabetical order):



  • 'A Bit Lost' by Chris Haughton
  • 'Dancing in the Dark' by Peter Prendergast
  • 'Mac Rí Éireann' by Caitríona Hastings and Andrew Whitson
  • 'Prim Improper' by Deirdre Sullivan
  • 'Taking Flight' by Sheena Wilkinson
  • 'The Heart and The Bottle' by Oliver Jeffers
  • 'The Lunatic's Curse' by F E Higgins
  • 'The Owl and The Pussycat', illustrated by Kevin Waldron
  • 'Tiny Little Fly', illustrated by Kevin Waldron
  • 'Up and Down' by Oliver Jeffers


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