Cargo Publishing and Dundee Libraries are delighted to announce the three shortlisted authors for the Great War Dundee Children’s Book Prize: Dundee based Joseph Lamb with The God of all Small Boys, East Renfrewshire-based Lindsay Littleson with Shell Hole, and Leicester-based John K. Fulton with The Wreck of the Argyll. After receiving many top-quality submissions, the three novels were clear favourites for their exciting, original, and imaginative narratives detailing Dundee’s involvement in World War I.
Joseph Lamb’s professional writing career began with the many commissioned historical dramas which he wrote, directed, and performed throughout Scotland. These included seven years of the acclaimed ‘St Andrews Living History’ project, and also the ‘Dundee Ghost Walk’ and the ‘Royal Opening of the Verdant Works Museum’. Other published works include articles for the international magazine Record Collector, and the Dundee-based horror yarn ‘Sister of the Wolf’. As a professional actor, Joseph has worked alongside icons such as Oliver Reed, Brian Blessed, Ronnie Browne and Iain Cuthbertson. The God of all Small Boys was illustrated by his daughter, Charlotte, and one of his proof-readers loved the story so much he wrote a song about it! Joseph was born, and still lives in, Dundee, with his partner and her two young sons. He is currently working on a Viking ‘Saga’ Trilogy.
Lindsay Littleson was born in Glasgow. She says ‘As a child I firmly believed that I would be a children’s author when I grew up. But then real life got in the way and I became a primary school teacher instead. I teach five and six year olds to read and that’s a wonderfully satisfying job. In January I finally began writing stories for children, and so far it’s going pretty well. I was a prize-winner in the competition run by Mumsnet/Walker Books and my story ‘Up in the Trees is Not For Me!’ was published in the Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories in October. In August I was thrilled when my first children’s novel The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean won the Kelpies Prize. I was inspired to write Shell Hole after I began to trace my Mum’s family tree and discovered that my maternal grandmother’s parents were from Dundee; I felt I had to find out more about what life in war time Dundee might have been like for her’.
John K. Fulton was born in 1970 in Scotland, the son of a lighthouse keeper, which meant that for the first eighteen years he lived all around the coast of Scotland, from the Firth of Forth to the Isle of Skye. These remote and lonely locations instilled in him a life-long love of books and the sea. He started writing at primary school, and has written for pleasure ever since. While at university in St. Andrews and Dundee, he had short fiction accepted for publication with small press magazines. He currently works as a technical writer, and lives in Leicester with his partner Sandra. While Leicester is about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, their home is stuffed with books, which is the next-best thing.
The Dundee Great War Children’s Prize commemorates Dundee’s centenary involvement in World War I. The winning entry will be judged by school children in Dundee along with the official judging panel comprising of top authors Theresa Breslin and Allan Burnett, and award-winning Scottish schoolgirl blogger Martha Payne. The winning author will be announced in Dundee in late March 2015. They receive £2,500 and their novel will be published by us later in 2015.