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Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
Book 'Oscar' for Potter author
J K Rowling
J K Rowling is giving away her prize money
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has picked up a Scottish children's book 'Oscar' at a ceremony in Glasgow.

The multi-millionaire writer was one of six winners in the annual Scottish Arts Council (SAC) Children's Book Awards.

Ms Rowling, who took the prize for her bestseller Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, donated her 1,000 prize money to help up-and-coming authors.

The awards given this year show that there is a fantastic quality across a wide range of Scottish children's fiction

Julie Bertagna, award panel chairwoman
The winning book - the fourth instalment in the series - shot to the top of the worldwide bestsellers list on its day of release and has already broken all sales records for children's books.

Receiving her award, Ms Rowling said: "I'm delighted to be chosen for one of the SAC Children's Book Awards for Goblet of Fire.

"An award that is so particularly Scottish means a lot to me."

Her prize money will go towards helping other writers through the council's New Writer's Bursary Scheme.

Julie Bertagna, chairwoman of the award panel, said: "It is often said that great children's fiction interests and excites but also challenges and inspires.

Goblet of Fire
Goblet of Fire topped the best-seller lists
"Our award winners have definitely proven that to be true.

"While JK Rowling is the best-known author on the list, the awards given this year show that there is a fantastic quality across a wide range of Scottish children's fiction.

"With Scotland's great literary tradition it is wonderful to see Scottish writers producing children's fiction that stands with the best in the world."

The other winning books were: Harvey Angell Beats Time, by Diana Hendry; Ruthie's Big Old Coat, by Julie Lacome; How to Avoid Kissing Your Parents in Public, by Lindsay McRae; Who is the World For? by Tom Pow and illustrated by Robert Ingpen; and Second Chance, by Alison Prince.

A seventh work - Points North, edited by Lindsey Fraser - was highly commended.

Hollywood blockbuster

JK Rowling's books have now been translated into 28 languages and are sold in 30 countries around the world.

The first book in the series - Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone - is currently being made into a Hollywood blockbuster by Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks studio.

Sales of the book series have topped 100 million, making the Edinburgh-based single mother - whose first name is Joanne - a multi-millionaire.

The Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling has amassed a 65m fortune.

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