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Berriew pupil wins writing competition

Created on 16/11/2016 @ 16:28
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A Montgomeryshire pupil has won a writing competition launched in memory of a former librarian.

Eight-year old Ruby Clarke from Berriew CP School was named one of two winners winners of the inaugural Kathleen George Memorial Writing Competition.

The competition, which was launched at the end of May, is in memory of the late Kathleen George who was a librarian in Llanwrtyd Wells and Llandrindod Wells for over 20 years.

Children were invited to write a short story of up to 500 words on the subject of ‘magic’, a theme close to Kathleen’s heart.  The entries were judged by an independent panel of judges.

Ruby won the 7-11 age category and a £10 book token.

Daisy Wood from Berriew CP School was a runner-up.

Kathleen was an avid reader and writer and her family and friends saw the competition as a way to encourage and help develop writing with children and young people - as well as a fitting tribute to her.

Kathleen’s daughter, Verity Jones said: “As Kathleen’s family, we are so proud of the way this competition has taken off.  We received so many entries of a very high standard, it is truly heartening.

“Mum loved all things magical, she often wrote about that which enchanted her. She would have been truly moved by the spellbinding stories we received from such a talented bunch of children. Thanks to all those who participated.”

Panel judge Lynda Pace Avery said: “We were impressed by the number of entries we had for the competition, particularly in the 7-11 age group and the standard of the children’s writing. I felt privileged to be given a glimpse into their imaginations at work.

“Eight-year-old Ruby Clarke’s entry ‘The Competition’ was refreshing and well written, allowing the reader to get involved in the story.”

Panel judge Emma Gilchrist, said: “The runners up were all well written and had been picked out by the judges for the unique perspective with which they approached the theme.  We sincerely hope that this competition will attract the same interest next year and we will have the privilege of reading some more wonderful short stories.”

Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Library Services, said: “This is a great example of a community working with their local library to create an opportunity for young people to take part. A fitting legacy for the late Kathleen George who was a passionate advocate for writing creatively.”

Photo: Verity Ellen Jones (middle), daughter of the late Kathleen George, presents the prizes to the winner of the inaugural Kathleen George Memorial Writing Competition – 7-11 category Ruby Clarke, from Berriew CP School.  Also pictured is 7-11 category runner-up Daisy Wood from Berriew CP School.

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