The winners of the Young Writer of the Year across East and Midlothian have been announced. The competition sponsored by The Seabird Centre in North Berwick and organised by Tyne and Esk Writers in conjunction with East and Midlothian Libraries attracted a record number entries this year.
An award ceremony took place recently at the Town House in Haddington, where the winners were presented with their prizes; a £20 book token for the best poetry and poem in two age groups from East Lothian and Midlothian and for the two overall Young Writer of the Year winners a family day out to the Scottish Seabird Centre plus a boat trip on Seabird II sponsored by the Scottish Seabird Centre.
Tom Murray, Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers and judge of the competition said “These were exceptional stories and poems and a joy for me to read. Testament, if any is needed, of the wealth of creative talent amongst young writers across the two regions. The overall winners amongst the best I've read in a long time.”
The winners in East Lothian were:
Primary Prose: Grant Campbell
Title of entry: The Brain in the Cupboard.
Kings Meadow Primary School.
Primary Poetry: Caitlin Letch
Title of entry: Beachcomber
Innerwick Primary School.
Secondary Prose: Alexa Hay:
Title of entry: Fire
The winners in Midlothian were:
Primary Prose: Abby Wighton
Title of entry: 124.6 Date 2006
Mauricewood Primary School,
Primary Poetry: Ailsa Homewood
Title of entry: The Tiger Within me
Glencorse Primary School.
Secondary Prose: Kiera McIntosh--Michaelis
Title of entry: She-Thieves
Beeslack Community High
Secondary Poetry: Mairi Fairbairn
Title of entry: Fruitless Moons
Lasswade High School Centre
The overall title of Young Writer of the Year went to Kiera McIntosh—Michaelis ( Beeslack Community High School) for her prose piece “She Thieves” and the overall primary winner to Ailsa Homewood (Glencorse Primary) for her poem “The Tiger Within me”. Both winners are from Midlothian.
A booklet containing all the winning entries was given to the successful participants and copies are being sent to schools and libraries across the two local authority areas.