Talented school pupil scoops book cover design competition

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A high school pupil showed off her creative side when she scooped the top prize for her book design cover.

Julia Speirs (17) from Bo’ness Academy was tasked with creating a new design for her favourite Scottish book Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin.

The talented girl emerged victorious, winning the 12-18 category age group in the competition created by Publishing Scotland and the Scottish Library Information Council.

Speakingn of her pride at winning the award, Julia said: “I was over the moon I didn’t expect it. I was just so thrilled especially to hear those nice words from Kate Leiper. I’d never met an illustrator before.

“My mum Norma and dad Steve were so proud. It comes more from my Dad’s side I think! I want to do illustration at university so it’s great to be able to put this on my personal statement. It’s been a really good experience.”

Kate Leiper, an award-winning Edinburgh-based illustrator, was part of the judging panel and praised the quality of her work.

She said: “We were all very impressed with Julia’s quality of drawing and painting which is very detailed and delicate.

“The figure in the foreground is particularly well observed in showing a character weighed down with emotion.

“Julia has taken a lot of care over the lettering, ensuring that it can be read easily on what is quite a busy scene.”

Her winning entry was showcased at the Design by the Book exhibition at Edinburgh Castle during Book Week Scotland.