Budding authors awarded in Knowsley

Published on: Tuesday, 29-April-2014

The winners of the Knowsley Writing Competition 2013 were announced at a special celebration event in the recently opened Kirkby Library on World Book Night.

There were over 300 entries across the competition’s three age categories.

The theme for adult entries was ‘the letter I wish I’d written’, whilst under 13s and under 8s were invited to submit an illustrated story or poem.

BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Hill MC’d the event where the winner and runners-up in each category were presented with a book voucher and a trophy to keep. Each of the three winners also had their name engraved on a trophy which is on display in the library.

Peter Marchant, Head of the Library Service, said:

“The competition is a fantastic opportunity for budding authors of all ages to try their hand at creative writing and we hope it helps people discover how enjoyable writing can be.

“There were over three hundred entries this year, making the task for the judges a really difficult one.

“The Writing Competition happens every year as part of a range of creative activities on offer across the borough’s five libraries. The 2014 competition will be launched in October and we’d like to hear from anyone who has a good idea for this year’s theme.”

As part of World Book Night, all those attending the celebration event received a book which they were encouraged to pass on or swap after they’d finished reading it.