Kate Thompson has won the 16th Bisto Book of the Year award for her book 'The New Policeman'.

The author was presented with the perpetual trophy and a cheque for €6,000 by the Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, TD, and chairperson of the judging panel, Declan Kiberd, at a ceremony in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre in Dublin today.

Thompson is the first person in the history of the Bisto Book of the Year Awards to win the overall prize four times.

'The New Policeman' has already picked up the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, and the Dublin Airport Authority Children's Book Prize.

In recognition of her achievements in the Bisto Book of the Year Awards over the years, sponsors RHM Ireland Limited have decided to retire the Bisto Perpetual Trophy to Thompson and commission a new trophy for next year's recipient.

The Eilís Dillon Award went to Deirdre Madden for 'Snakes' Elbows'. She received a specially commissioned glass sculpture and a cheque for €3,000.

Three Bisto Honour Awards were also presented to Oliver Jeffers for 'Lost and Found', Kevin Kiely for 'A Horse Called El Dorado' and Eileen O'Hely and Nicky Phelan, author and illustrator of 'Penny the Pencil'. Each of the recipients of the honour awards received a framed certificate and a cheque for €2,000.