Twenty young scribes to be honoured at Green Pencil Awards

Twenty children will be presented with Green Pencil Awards at a special ceremony hosted by Councillors Deidre Brock and Ron Cairns at the Central Library tomorrow night (Friday 25 November 2011).

This year's competition had a record number of entries from over 1,100 Primary 4 to 7 aged children demonstrating their flair for creative writing.

The theme for this fourth annual Green Pencil Award competition was 'forests and trees' , since 2011 is the UN's International Year of Forests.

Cllr Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: "This year's Green Pencil Awards have again attracted a record number of entries from Edinburgh's youngsters and yet again, we have been dazzled by their creativity and writing skills."

Cllr Cairns, Vice Convener, added: "Friday's ceremony at the Central Library will pay tribute to everyone who entered, especially the 20 award-winners, and on Saturday eight of them will have even more time in the spotlight when they perform their work as part of the Concert for Trees at the Usher Hall."

The Green Pencil Awards for 2011 are being presented on Friday 25 November in the Central Library, George IV Bridge.

The overall winner will be announced at the ceremony and there will be readings by pupils of Cargilfield, Craigentinny, Sighthill and St Francis' RC schools.

Edinburgh's Makar, Ron Butlin, will present the trophy to the overall winner, while local performance poet Anita Govan, this year's special Green Pencil poet, will also perform the special piece she has written for the event.

The Green Pencil Awards have been sponsored by The Scottish Book Trust ,  the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, The Forest Schools Project Edinburgh, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, andThe Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

The Concert for Trees is one of Scotland's official celebrations as part of the UN's International Year of Forests. An inspiring and fun evening of music, poetry and dance for all the family exploring the enchanting and magical world of woods, the lungs of the earth. The event will be set against the backdrop of a day in the forest, recreating some of the sounds, spirits and aura of woods and trees, which captured the imagination of Edinburgh's own Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - creator of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

The concert is part of the St Andrew's Day Celebrations, with a special offer of one free child for every two full price adults - please call the box office on 0131 228 1155 to take up this offer! You can also book tickets online or by popping into the Usher Hall box office.


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