Write on!

from the left Nikki Forrest, Emma Fordyce, Louise Jones, Linzi Crawford, Tia Wright and author Lari Don
from the left Nikki Forrest, Emma Fordyce, Louise Jones, Linzi Crawford, Tia Wright and author Lari Don

Children all over Dumfries and Galloway put pen to paper for this year’s Wigtown Book Festival children’s creative writing competition.

There were more than 100 entries from primary school children from all over the region, making it a hard task for the judges, Anne Brown, a Book Festival trustee; Dumfries and Galloway Council’s director of education Fraser Sanderson and author Lari Don.

Carolyn Yates, the council’s literature development officer, said that not only had they received a record number of entries but they had been more diverse than ever, including poems and short stories.

At the prizegiving ceremony on the last day of the Wigtown Book Festival, award winning writer Lari Don praised the standard of writing from the children, all under the age of 12.

Lari said that Hedchog, by lower primary winner Louise Jones, a P2 pupil from St Andrews Primary, Dumfries, was an extraordinary example of what adult writers would call flash fiction.

She particularly liked the ending which left the reader wanting more.

Emma Fordyce, a P2 Kirkbean Primary School was second with Little Wolf and third was Tia Wight, a P4 Auchencairn Primary School with Animals’ Daydreams.

Lari said that the use of dialogue was very good and the whole story, Pyjama disaster by upper primary winner Linzi Crawford from Johnston Bridge Primary School, Lockerbie, had great energy.

Second was Nikki Forrest, a P6 Hecklegirth Primary School pupils from Annan with The Runaway and third was Annabelle Guthrie, a P6 Wallace Hall Primary School, Thornhill pupils with, The Day I Turned Into A Sandwich. Announcing next year’s competition, Carolyn Yates said there will be a theme for the first time: Dark Skies.

She said: “But the sky’s the limit – we don’t just want space, we want all sort of poems, shorts stories, anything that is conjured up when you think of nights, stormy clouds, space, stars, fantasy etc.”

Full details of the new competition will be available on the internet from November 1. For more information contact Carolyn Yates at Carolyn@literaturedevelopment.org