British Catholic author wins international award

Corinne Turner

British Catholic author Corinna Turner will receive the St Katherine Drexel Prize from the International Association of Catholic Libraries during their virtual spring conference on April 29. Previous recipients of the award are Matthew Kelly, Michael O’Brien and Isaac Asimov. Established in 1966 as the Certificate of Merit and renamed in 2002, the St Katharine Drexel Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the growth of high school librarianship.

Prolific author Corinna Turner has published 26 books, all but two for young adults, as well as short stories and anthology contributions. Her work includes the Carnegie Medal-nominated I Am Margaret series, the Friends in High Places series (biographies of saints through fiction), the UnSPARKed series (Catholic dino-dystopian adventures), and the Last Things series (spiritual thrillers). ).

She also has many standalone titles and her work has been translated into four languages. Her first novel, I Am Margaret, was adapted into a play by renowned Catholic novelist and playwright Fiorella de Maria. Her books have received praise from authors such as Eoin Colfer (author of Artemis Fowl and former Children’s Laureate of Ireland) and acclaimed American author Regina Doman, former St Katherine Drexel Prize winner.

Corinna Turner has been writing since she was 14 and loves strong leads with a lot of integrity. Although she spends as much time as possible writing, she can’t keep up with the flood of ideas, for which she offers thanks – and the occasional grunt! – to the Holy Spirit. She is a secular Dominican with an MA in English from Oxford University and lives in the Cotswolds. She is a member of several organizations, including the Society of Authors, Catholic Teen Books, Catholic Reads, Angelic Warfare
Confraternity and Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.

She once had a giant African land snail, Peter, with a shell six and a half inches long, but now makes do with a cactus and a camper. She occasionally contributes articles to the Catholic Herald and other Catholic media.

Founded in 1921, the Catholic Library Association is an international membership organization, providing its members with professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships, and other services. The Catholic Library Association coordinates the exchange of ideas, provides a source of inspirational support and guidance on ethical issues related to librarianship, and provides fellowship to those who seek, serve, preserve, and share the word in all its forms. .

The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in the fields of scholarship, literature, and librarianship by awarding nationally recognized association and section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.

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Keywords: Corinna Turner, Books, St Katherine Drexel Prize

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