An award winning teenage fiction writer has visited a Moray school to give pupils an inspirational talk on her successful career.
Described as the Scottish Jacqueline Wilson, Catherine MacPhail has written more than 40 books.
One novel, Another Me, which was published in 2003, has recently been developed into a spine-chilling psychological thriller movie by Fox International Productions.
It was premiered at the Rome International Film Festival last year and is currently showing in Spain. It is being released later this year in the UK.
Ms MacPhail said: “I have always enjoyed writing for a young audience and one of the best things about being a writer is being invited to schools to meet your readers.
“My most recent book Mosi’s War has just been shortlisted for the Red book award and Super Read award so I’m really delighted about this.”
As part of Buckie High School’s literacy programme a selection of Primary 7 pupils from Buckie feeder schools took part in a Keen Readers project, designed to encourage children to talk about books.
It is aimed at encouraging pupils to make friends with some of the children they will be starting school with after the summer.
The pupils were tasked with designing a book jacket for an imaginary book in the interschool competition.
The winner was announced yesterday by Ms MacPhail as Keira Wright from Cluny Primary School. She was awarded with a £20 book token.
Buckie High teacher Steven Leitch said: “Catherine’s books are great and accessible for young teenagers upwards. They cover a wide variety of topics which are relevant to today’s society.”