Young Scot award for Toon author Estelle

Estelle Maskame with her Young Scot Arts Award
Estelle Maskame with her Young Scot Arts Award

A young Peterhead author has been named as the winner of the Arts Award at the eleventh annual Young Scot Awards.

Estelle Maskame, 18, has won more than four million fans around the world with her stories of teenage romance set on the west coast of America.

She is already being compared to JK Rowling after her online novel went viral.

The teenager secured a worldwide fan base after publishing her first novel chapter by chapter on a file-sharing website when she was at school.

After her online success, Estelle signed a three-book deal with Edinburgh based Black & White.

Estelle said: “I’m still in shock, I really did not expect this award.

“My writing started for fun and then I build myself up on social media and now I am here – it still feels like a dream.”

Now in its eleventh year, the Young Scot Awards is Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people and honours the outstanding work they do across the country.

The awards showcase the incredible achievements of inspiring young people across 12 different categories including Community, Diversity, Enterprise and Unsung Hero.

The event celebrates the passion, hard work and dedication shown by young people aged 11-26 in Scotland and the positive impact they make to their communities every day.

The guests who attended the awards on Wednesday, April 27, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre were wowed by performances from Scottish sensation Nina Nesbitt and LaFontaines.

The awards were hosted by Edith Bowman and attended by famous faces including the Only Way is Essex stars Jonathan and Chris Clark, actor Paul Brannigan, Sunshine of Leith’s Kevin Guthrie and 2013 X Factor contestant Nicholas McDonald.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “They are Scotland’s future and, given the quality and calibre of our finalists, our future could not be brighter.”