Green Pencil Award 2013 winners

Twenty Primary 4 to 7 pupils from across Edinburgh were congratulated at the sixth Green Pencil Award in the Central Library.

The competition, which was launched by Lari Don at a Live Literature workshop in Leith Library, had the theme 'Scotland’s Wonderful Weather?!', to tie in with 2013 being the Year of Natural Scotland. A series of Live Literature sessions in association with the Green Pencil Award  and part funded by the Scottish Book Trust were held across the city with authors Ron Butlin, Anita Govan, Charlie James, Johnny Meres and Ryan Van Winkle.

The overall winner was Jack Elliott, a Primary 5 pupil from Leith Primary, who won the 2013 Green Pencil Award with his fantastic piece of writing Weather Banter.

Jack impressed the panel of literary judges with his imaginative, humorous and visual piece of writing. His trophy was presented by Edinburgh Makar, Ron Butlin accompanied by the 2012 winner Nathan Page from St Margaret’s RC Primary.

The competition attracted more than 800 entries, giving the judges a difficult task with the wealth of writing skills.

They also awarded highly commended prizes to Lachlan McMillan, St Mary’s RC Primary, The Inner Thoughts of Fred the Fox; Xanthe Emily Mitchell, Stockbridge Primary The Rising, Falling Sun; Anya Matthews, Davidson’s Mains Primary, Winter Poem; Katherine Wallace, Cargilfield School, Sun.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Leisure convener for the City of Edinburgh Council said: 'It was a great pleasure once again to be able to host a fabulous evening of poetry from a wide age range of very talented kids across the city. The enthusiasm with which the children tackled the themes of environment and weather showed what a switched on bunch our youngsters are - and wonderfully creative to boot!

'This competition presents a wonderful opportunity for our young people to demonstrate their creative writing skills and I very much hope they all continue writing in the future.'

The Green Pencil Award is run by Edinburgh City Libraries and Eco-Schools in Edinburgh with sponsorship from Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, Scottish Book Trust,  Scottish Poetry Library, Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Seabird Centre, SEPA, Camera Obscura  and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland who provided prizes for all the winners.

All winners will also attend a creative writing workshop with Lorna Irvine at Dynamic Earth early next year as well as a weather workshop with Sean Batty at STV’s Glasgow studios.

Weather Banter

My cousin said

“It’s raining cats and dogs”

(Why doesn’t it rain ferrets?)

Dad mutters,

“It’s the fine rain that gets you wet”

(Yeah yeah, how does that work?)

Mum moaned

“It might be an Indian Summer this year”

(What about our summer?)

The old lady croaked

“It’s bucketing down son”

(Um, ok?!)

My Granny laughed

“It’s awfy muggy”

(You have lots of mugs already Gran!)

Jack Elliott, Leith Primary School

Primary 4/5 Finalists

Nahom Behailu                Tollcross Primary               The Beautiful Weather

Lauren Donachie             Canal View Primary             Autumn Poem

Yazi Murray                     Craiglockhart Primary          A Rain Drop

Tayo Saye                      Canal View Primary              Scotland’s Storms

Katherine Shaw               Echline Primary                   Scotland’s Wonderful Weather

Highly commended

Lachlan McMillan            St Mary’s RC Primary           The Inner Thoughts of Fred the Fox

Xanthe Emily Mitchell      Stockbridge Primary            The Rising, Falling Sun

Primary 6/7 Finalists

Ruth Anderson              Hermitage Park Primary        Edinburgh... Drip, Drip, Drip

Tilda Barne                   Cargilfield School                The Lightening

Shona Baxter                Leith Primary                        How ...

William Murray              Davidson’s Mains Primary     Scottish Weather Kennings

Peter Nisbet                 St Margaret’s RC Primary     Scotland’s Wonderful Weather

Olivia Petty                  Hermitage Park Primary        What if Weather

Xander Proud                                                          Scotland’s Wonderful Weather?

Libby Sharkey             Dalry Primary                        Scotland’s Wonderful Weather

Highly commended

Anya Matthews            Davidson’s Mains Primary      Winter Poem

Katherine Wallace        Cargilfield School                  Sun

Overall winner

Jack Elliott                 Leith Primary                        Weather Banter

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