Dalkeith teenager eyes writing prize

All the award winners from Mid and East Lothian
All the award winners from Mid and East Lothian

A talented pupil from Midlothian has won one of the top prizes in a writing competition.

The contest, organised by Tyne & ESk Writers, is open to all young people in Mid and East Lothian.

“Life in my Eyes”, a prose piece by Rachel Fergusson from Dalkeith, won the Young Writer of the Year award for Secondary Schools.

Meanwhile, “Skin deep”, a prose piece by Fern Anderson from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Tranent, won the Young Writer of the Year award for Primary Schools.

The Writers of the Year were chosen from the winners of the four categories in the competition; primary prose, primary poetry, secondary prose and secondary poetry. There were eight winners overall, four from East Lothian and four from Midlothian.

At the awards ceremony, all the winners were presented with their prizes; a £20 book token and a family day out to the Scottish Seabird Centre. The two overall Young Writers of the Year also received an iPod shuffle.

Tom Murray, Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne and Esk Writers and judge of the competition said “The standard of entries once again demonstrated the wealth of creative talent across the two regions.”

The competition, sponsored by the seabird centre and organised by Tyne and Esk Writers in conjunction with East and Midlothian Libraries, attracted more than 700 entries this year.

The Midlothian results were as follows: Primary prose - ‘It’s a dog’s life’, Sophie McDonald, Cornbank Primary School; Primary poetry - ‘Being Blind’, Carly Howarth, Woodburn Primary School; Secondary prose - ‘Life in my Eyes’, Rachel Fergusson, Dalkeith; Secondary poetry - ‘Defeat the label’, Erin Munro, Dalkeith High School.