An annual creative writing competition for Edinburgh children has been won by 11-year-old Liberton Primary School Pupil Monica Robb.
The 'Green Pencil Awards' took place at the Central Library on George IV Bridge and were organised by Edinburgh Libraries and Eco Schools in Edinburgh.
The competition was open to p4-p7 school children and attracted nearly 900 entries.
The theme of the writing competition this year was "Think Global, Act Local" with entrants promoting a Scottish or local environmental issue close to their heart. As this is the year of Homecoming Scotland and the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns birthday, pupils were encouraged to write in Scots, if they wished.
Celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith said: "This is a marvellous project from a library system of which Edinburgh can be truly proud. Given the chance, children naturally take to writing. This project combines that enthusiasm with concern over our fragile environment. I am sure the results will be very imaginative."
The best 20 entries were awarded various prizes at the ceremony, provided by a number of sponsors. Parents and family accompanied the award winners and the evening's events also involved a number of poetry readings from local primary school pupils.
Culture Leader, Councillor Deidre Brock said: "Scotland's literary history is enriched with a celebrated cast of illustrious writers and poets. We can lay claim to having produced some of the world's most renowned authors, and it is schemes such as 'The Green Pencil Award' that may help to unearth the next Robert Burns or Muriel Spark.
"It cannot be underestimated how important writing is to the education of children and any competition that encourages this, and which gets them thinking about environmental issues, is something that we must continue to support and promote."
The overall winner Monica Robb saw her thought- provoking poem, 'A Greener World' win her primary school a set of waterproof jackets and trousers as well as training, workshops and a day in the woodlands, courtesy of Edinburgh's Forest School Project for her class. This is in addition to the prestigious Green Pencil trophy, which will be displayed in Liberton Primary school.
Environmental leader, Councillor Robert Aldridge said: "I should
like to thank the many people who contributed to the success of the
competition. This event has presented a wonderful opportunity for young
people to demonstrate their creative writing skills and to show how
much they both know and care about protecting the environment. I
congratulate all the schools, libraries and parents who gave the young
writers the support and encouragement they needed to participate."
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