Wordfringe 2009Programme StrandsEvent Calendar




1st–31st May 2009


Makar Making
First Friday Fling with Janis MacKay
Pushing Out the Boat
Night at the Light
From Pennan to Penang
Trio Verso
Demented Eloquence Tag-Team Word Wrestling
Prometheus: A River Stained with Iron
Cream of Strathbogie
Expect the Best: Elspeth Murray
Speak Volumes
Coming Home
Double Launch
The Night Mare V Fear of Intimacy
In Search of Salt (Ellon)
In Search of Salt (Aberdeen)
John Hegley
Drawing out the Creativity
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
The Word Birds
Voyager Poets
Not Drowning but Waving
Fresh Ayr
Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving
Closing Verses

Young People's Poetry Competition Prizegiving

An Aberdeen Writers' Circle bi-annual event

Friday 29 May 2009

Crown Terrace Methodist Church, Aberdeen [Map]

Approximately 120 attended this event — competition entrants, parents, teachers from the participating schools, invited guests, Aberdeen Writers' Circle and others from Wordfringe Festival.

Moira Brown, Chair of Aberdeen Writers' Circle, opened the proceedings, welcoming everybody. Mr McGregor spoke next. Molly Morrice, his mother-in-law, a one-time member of Aberdeen Writers' Circle, had, he said, a long time interest in the political and artistic life of North-East Scotland. Mr McGregor's wife now sponsors prize money and a shield in memory of her parents with a view to encouraging the interest in Doric poetry.

Sheena Blackhall, Makar of North-East Scotland, brought smiles to the audience's faces with her rendering of her own children's poems and songs, accompanying herself on the guitar.

The certificates and prizes were then presented. A special prize was presented to Edan Hansen for designing the cover of the children's poetry book.

The children whose poems were in the book, and then the prize winners, were called to the foot of the stage. A shield was awarded to Ordiquhill Primary School for the best poem in Doric and the Chrissie Gibson shield was awarded to Alford Primary School for the best overall entries.

The most lively part of the evening followed. Thirteen children braved the stage to read their own poems. Members of Aberdeen Writers' Circle and Sheena Blackhall read other children's poems. The poems showed a wide variation, nonsense poems, collaborative poems and with themes varying from bullies and best friends, animals, poems about feelings, fantasies and the paranormal.

At the end of the evening, Moira Brown thanked all who had contributed to a wonderful evening.

Elizabeth Reinach

Promoted by

Aberdeen Writers' Circle

Supported by

Aberdeen City Council
Crown Terrace Methodist Church


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