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Alcester Schools’ Book Award 2015

On Wednesday 13th May, three Alcester schools (Alcester Grammar, Alcester Academy and St Benedict’s RC) came together for the annual Alcester Schools’ Book Award.

The event was held at Alcester Grammar School and we were thrilled to welcome local author, Helen Watts who was here to talk to the students about her book “No Stone Unturned”.  The story follows the path of Kelly, a traveller, who feels the odd one out at her new school and isolated.  She then meets Ben who helps her with her history project.  What follows is an exciting, magical adventure which can’t be spoken about for fear of ruining the book!

The book is fictional but based on local history and Helen Watts researched specific information about the limestone quarry that had been in the Wilmcote area, which gave her inspiration for her novel: definitely, a ‘stone turning’ novel for the wonderful heritage of the local area.  The limestone was used for the floor of The Houses Of Parliament.

Helen spoke about how her initial idea for the story came whilst walking around the edge of the disused quarry with her dog, near to her home and she began to imagine what the quarry would have been like in its time.

The students were able to purchase signed copies of Helen’s book which can also be purchased from Mary Arden’s Farm bookshop and Wilmcote Stores, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Bookshop in Stratford, priced £6.99.  ISBN 978-1-4729-0540-6.

We are now looking forward to the final event which will be held at St Benedict’s on 21 May 2015

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