The team behind the Galloway children’s book publishing company, Curly Tale Books have been kicking up their heels this week after hearing that director Shalla Gray has been short-listed for the D&G Life magazine People of the Year awards.
The Kirkcowan based company is one of three being considered for the title ‘most promising developing business.’ Shalla, who runs the village shop and post office as well as writing and illustrating children’s books, said she was delighted to have been nominated. “It’s fantastic to have been short-listed for such a prestigious award when we’ve only been trading for such a short time,” Shalla added.
Curly Tale Books was launched in May last year in order to publish ‘The Quite Big Rock’, the first children’s book written by the graphic novelist Alan Grant who also happens to be Shalla’s Dad. The success of this title has enabled Shalla and her business partner Jayne Baldwin to produce three more books including the recently released ‘The Galloway Chilli’ which was inspired by another businesswoman short-listed for a D&G Life award, Sheena Horner.
Shalla has strong competition for the award from two well established companies, LadderLimb from New Luce and Eco-Genics Ltd from Annan. The winner will be announced at a gala lunch on Friday 28th November in Dumfries.