And The Winner Is…

The 5th Tarbert Book Festival got off to a great start today with Theresa Breslin and Ken McTaggart entertaining pupils in the Academy.

The ‘adult’ part of the Festival began with the awards ceremony for our 2nd Writing Competition generously sponsored by Moniack Mhor.  5 out of 6 shortlisted writers attended the Gathering in the Gallery, where judge Anne Hamilton introduced each of the writers, saying why she thought their submissions were special.

It was particularly pleasant to hear the stories read out, some informative, some reflective, some funny, but all very enjoyable. We also welcomed back last year’s winner, Frances Ainslie, to tell us what a  valuable experience she found on her chosen course.

Finally, Richmond Clements of Moniack Mhor announced the winner who is – Sylvia Hehir from Strontian.

You can read their entries now and see if you agree with Anne!

Barbie and Me by Mike Hunter from Nova Scotia

Click by Simon Cowdroy from Victoria, Australia

Frae a Haggis by Kate Donne from Dollar

Oban, The Perfect Destination by Sylvia Hehir from Strontian

The Mad Crone of Comriach by Sue Stubbs of Kilmichael Glassary

Who Do We Think We Are by Mary Easson from Linlithgow