North West author presents Knowsley writing awards

Published on: Wednesday, 11-March-2015

The winners of the Knowsley Writing Competition 2014 were announced at a special event with VIP guest author Carys Bray.

The judges had a challenging time selecting the winning entries, which were all inspired by a photograph of the participant’s choice.

The winner and runners-up in each of the three categories were presented with a book voucher and a trophy, and the most promising writers with a voucher, by prize winning local author Carys Bray and Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture. Knowsley Writing Competition 2014 teenage winners with author Carys Bray

Carys, whose debut novel A Song For Issy Bradley has received rave reviews and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards first novel award, spoke about becoming a writer and her inspirational journey to becoming a published author.

The three winners read out a short excerpt of their entries at the event and they will have their name engraved on a trophy which will go on display in the library alongside all the winning entries.

The winning entries and the photos which inspired them will soon be available on the online library for more people to enjoy.

Sana Kalathil, winner of the 13 to 18 years category, said:

“I’m really happy about winning a prize in the writing competition. I’d recommend others to enter it as it provides an opportunity to be creative and imaginative.”

Bryony Reid, runner-up in the 13 to 18 years category, said:

“It felt great to come even second place, as this was the first time I’ve ever entered a writing competition. Thank you to the judges who placed me, it meant a lot. Meeting a published author and hearing her tips was really helpful, as it’s what I hope to do one day too.”

Carys Bray, said:

"Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition. Making a commitment to write something and working hard to finish it is the first step to being a writer. A special well done to those writers whose work was either placed or commended. You ensured that the judges had a difficult, but very enjoyable, task."

The prizes for Promising Writing, Knowsley Library Staffs’ Award of a £25 Waterstones’ gift card, went to a joint submission from Hannah and Katie Darken in the teen category and David Brown in the adult. A special Promising Writing book award was given to the competition’s youngest entrant.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said:

“Well done to everyone who took part, there were some fantastic entries and some really impressive story telling this year.

“This year’s youngest entrant was just 6 years old, he wrote his story with a bit of help from his big sister who herself won the teenage writing category. We also had entries from residents in their seventies and eighties proving the competition really is a fantastic way to encourage people of all ages to try some creative writing and discover how enjoyable writing can be.”

He added:

“We were delighted to have Carys Bray help present the awards at this year’s special event and I’m sure all the writers were encouraged by her warm words and inspired by the story of her own journey to writing success.”

The Knowsley Writing Competition happens every year as part of a range of creative activities on offer across the borough’s five libraries. It is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Knowsley, or is a member of a library in the borough.  The 2015 competition will be launched in October, check out the website nearer the time for more information.

Knowsley Writing Competition 2014: Winners and Runners Up

Children aged 5 to 12 years
Amy Tennant 1st What if?
Molly Stephens 2nd The Boiler Room
Aimee Connor 3rd The Giraffe who was afraid of heights
Hannah & Katie Darken Promising writer No rules allowed
Ribie Kalathil Promising writer A Trip to the Farm
Young people 13 to 18 years
Sana Kalathil 1st The interview
Bryony Reid 2nd Subconscious views
Over 18s
Viv Patterson 1st How many see you as they pass by
Louise Muddle 2nd It was the girls that got me
Deborah Lucas 3rd Out of the blue
David Brown Promising writer Not just a boy, but my son


Caption: Knowsley Writing Competition 2014 teenage winners with author Carys Bray (L-R: Sana Kalathil, Bryony Reid, Carys Bray)