Dundee au­thor wins award for pic­ture book

Story: Prizewin­ning book Web­ster’s Email in­tro­duces chil­dren to on­line safety

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - an­drew Lid­dle alid­dle@the­courier.co.uk

A Dundee au­thor has said she is “thrilled” to have been hon­oured with a top writ­ing prize.

Hannah Whaley, who works at Dundee Uni­ver­sity li­brary, won the Writ­ing Mag­a­zine award af­ter pro­duc­ing Web­ster’s Email, a pic­ture book de­signed to in­tro­duce chil­dren to on­line safety.

Writ­ing Mag­a­zine de­clared the work the best self-pub­lished book of the year – and awarded Hannah a £750 prize.

She said: “I am ab­so­lutely thrilled that my de­but work has been recog­nised at such a high level, and very ap­pre­cia­tive of the val­i­da­tion that this award brings to my books.

“To re­ceive the top hon­our in Writ­ing Mag­a­zine’s SP Book of the Year Award has made me im­mensely proud, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing mine is a chil­dren’s pic­ture book be­ing judged along­side all other cat­e­gories of writ­ing.”

The de­but book tells the story of Web­ster, who be­gins to re­gret email­ing a funny pic­ture to his sis­ter when it spreads far and wide.

It is one of a se­ries of books, with a se­quel also be­ing re­cently pub­lished.

Jonathan Telfer, edi­tor of Writer’s News and Writ­ing Mag­a­zine, said: “Pic­ture books for chil­dren are one of the hard­est things to get right, but Hannah gets ev­ery­thing just right in Web­ster’s Email, so she’s a very de­serv­ing win­ner.”

Hannah added: “Chil­dren still learn about the world through sto­ries and books, and the chil­dren’s book mar­ket con­tin­ues to pros­per ac­cord­ingly.

“In a world where teenagers are plagued by over­shar­ing mis­takes and on­line preda­tors, par­ents are em­brac­ing the idea of start­ing con­ver­sa­tions about the so­cial is­sues of tech­nol­ogy early and gen­tly with young chil­dren through their beloved books.”

Hannah Whaley said she was thrilled to have won the Writ­ing Mag­a­zine award for her book.

Two of the char­ac­ters from Hannah’s book.

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