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Kelpies Prize 2018 – Winner Announced!

Thank you to all the authors who submitted their titles for consideration for this year's Kelpies Prize! We are thrilled to announce this year's winner is The Lost Wizard of Nine Wtiches Wood by Hannah Foley! Well done to fellow shortlisted authors Celia Bryce and Robin Scott-Elliot.

Winner Hannah Foley receives her giant cheque from Lari Don

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Hannah Foley and The Lost Wizard of Nine Witches Wood

Part-girl, part-cat, Cat McKeel has always known she's a little different (after all, the tail is a bit of a giveaway). What Cat doesn't know is that she holds the key to a magical prophecy – she's the only person who can bring back the lost wizard of Nine Witches Wood.

Teaming up with her best friend Low (part-boy, part-owl, quite partial to rodents), and with help from her nine witch guardians (plus a few fantastical creatures from Scotland's rich mythology), Cat is plunged into a haphazard magical world of secret libraries, flying bicycles and not-so-terrifying trolls on her search for the great wizard.

But finding 'the magic man' won't be easy, especially when one of the very witches sworn to protect Cat is secretly working against her to unleash an ancient evil...

Hannah Foley grew up in Devon and worked as a registered nurse for a number of years before returning to school to study illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is now a freelance illustrator, living back in Devon, illustrating for children, young people and families in the educational and charitable sectors. Hannah loves creating narratives with both words and pictures.

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Hearty congratulations to Emily Illett, who won the Kelpies Prize 2017 with her beautiful, lyrical tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow.

Winner Emily Ilett receives her giant cheque from Chae Strathie

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