Youngsters show they are made of the write stuff

Megan Fourie - overall winner in the primary section of the Tyne and Esk Young Writer of the Year 2015 awards.
Megan Fourie - overall winner in the primary section of the Tyne and Esk Young Writer of the Year 2015 awards.

Pupils from Midlothian have become the authors of their own success in the Tyne and Esk Young Writer of the Year 2015 awards.

Megan Fourie (11), a pupil at Paradykes Primary School, Loanhead, was named overall winner in the primary section for her story “Through the Sunset”.

Sofia Rodrigues da Silva and Favour Fombo, both of Beeslack Community High School, also won awards in the secondary section – Favour for her prose entry “The Jumper” and Sofia for her poem “The Black Market Dealers”.

The awards are organised by Tyne and Esk Writers and the library services of both Midlothian and East Lothian. The judge was playwright, poet and story writer Tom Murray, who said: “This year’s Young Writer of the Year competition was on the theme of the Commonwealth.

“The young writers more than delivered, telling stories full of narrative drive and insight and poems of descriptive power and emotion illuminated. It was my pleasure once again to judge the competition, which always reinforces my view that the creative talent is very much in evidence amongst young writers.”

George Cunningham, Tyne and Esk convener, added: “Every year we are impressed by the uninhibited creativity that flows from pupils’ minds.”

Tyne and Esk Writers comprises eight adult writing groups across the two counties, one of which is dedicated entirely to poetry.