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Historical award for castle book

By Fiona Reid
Historical award for castle book

A SCOTTISH children’s book set in the region and based on real events has won a prestigious Young Quills Award.

‘The Siege of Caerlaverock’ by Barbara Henderson was announced as the winner for the 5-9 age category by the Historical Association who administer the prizes.

The author is delighted and said: “It’s a book about a Lowland castle, by a Highland author and published by a Western Isles publisher, so it feels very Scottish to me. I am utterly humbled and delighted to win a Young Quills Award – I didn’t expect it and still can’t quite believe it!

“I first visited Caerlaverock Castle with my family on a rainy day in April several years ago, and the story of the real-life siege in the year 1300 ambushed me and wouldn’t let me go.

“My warmest thanks go to Anne Glennie of Cranachan Publishing – the wonderful small press behind The Siege of Caerlaverock. Anne’s enthusiasm, advice and support have been more crucial than she’ll ever know!”

Released during the lockdown summer of 2020, the book tells the story of a real life siege during Scotland’s Wars of Independence when King Edward Longshanks laid siege to Caerlaverock castle with 3000 soldiers in the year 1300.

The castle was defended by less than 70.

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