Green fingers needed for annual writing competition

Young entrants to Edinburgh’s Green Pencil Award were immersed in their subject matter at the launch of the annual writing competition today (Thursday, 1 September). 

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Amelie Colgrave, age 10, and Vivien French, author, admire the view in Princes Street Gardens

Preston Street Primary School pupils were able to explore the competition’s theme, Scotland’s Glorious Gardens, with a visit to the capital’s famous Princes Street Gardens. 

They were also joined by children’s author Vivien French, whose books include Oliver’s Vegetables and the Tiara Club series, for a special writing workshop.

Children, who must be p4 to p7, can write a poem or story, which could focus on anything from a memorable visit to a Scottish garden like the Royal Botanic Gardens or a creative depiction of what the ideal Scottish garden would look and smell like. 

Culture Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “This is a popular and engaging competition for budding writers across the city, and always produces many creative and compelling entries from young people. 

“This year’s theme should also inspire more visits to our fantastic range of parks and greenspaces so I look forward to reading the creative writing to result from it. Good luck to all those involved.” 

Entries to the Green Pencil Award, which should be no longer than one side of A4, can be made on the Council website, and can also be handed in to your local library. 

Children are being encouraged to take inspiration from a dedicated nature and garden-related reading list, which can be found on Edinburgh’s library catalogue website. 

The closing date is Friday, 14 October, with an awards ceremony to be held at the Central Library in late November.

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