Previous Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

The authors and illustrators nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award are individuals with an impressive backlist and a long record of engaging with their audience.

Vivian French (2018)

Vivian French is an Edinburgh-based writer of picture books, fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry for children and teenagers. Vivian has written over 270 titles for children – including the picture book Oliver's Vegetables and the Tiara Club series which have sold more than three million copies internationally. In 2012, Vivian set up Picture Hooks(this will open in a new window), a mentoring scheme to encourage emerging Scottish illustrators with Lucy Juckes.

The award panel was impressed by Vivian’s consistent hard work to promote books by other authors and illustrators. She is not only an inspiring figure to those in the industry, but has also acted as a mentor and offered support to budding authors and artists. Vivian is an active advocate for issues such as dyslexia and has had a positive influence on many working in the publishing sector.

You can hear more about Vivian's writing career, school visits and work with Picture Hooks in our author video.

Video Vivian French

Mairi Hedderwick (2017)

As the writer and illustrator of the phenomenally popular Katie Morag series, Mairi's work has enchanted children in Scotland since the first story was published in 1984. Since then, the Katie Morag stories have continued their national success, while also reaching international audiences with popular translated editions including Norwegian, Swedish and Chinese.

Speaking on the decision to honour Mairi Hedderwick, Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust and chair of our judging panel, said:

"The Katie Morag books are timeless because of this joyful, life-affirming quality. In the hands of a master artist and storyteller like Mairi, it shines through on every page and in so doing, illuminates us."

At our awards reception, Peggy Hughes, Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, spoke about the impact of Katie Morag as a character:

"With the arrival of Katie Morag in Katie Delivers the Mail in 1984 to her Cbeebies TV debut in 2013 and subsequent stratospheric fame, Mairi Hedderwick has put the fictional isle of Struay on the map and gifted us an iconic heroine."

Video Mairi Hedderwick