We were delighted to welcome the winners of The Write Lines teenage writing competition and their families to the Anne Younger Studio on Saturday 23 August where they were awarded prizes by Allan Wilson, one of Scotland’s top up-and-coming writers.
A Peebles Arts Festival competition, with support from Peebles Creative Place, The Write Lines was open to everyone between the ages of 13 and 19 from across the Borders. The competition generated a rich and varied selection of entries covering mainly short stories (‘flash fiction’). The judges were hugely impressed by the standard of entries – with the winning pieces demonstrating a particularly high standard of writing.
It was a Peebles one and two in the S4 to S6 category, with Jordi Steel, 15, taking first prize for his piece, The Plane, and Coralle Panrucker, 17, coming second with her story, Escaping the fire. The S1 to S3 category was won by Lucy Olivia Lauder, 13, from Jedburgh, for her piece, Hashtag Social Suicide, while Anna McGorum, 13, from Peebles, came second with her story, The Rose Brooch.
The audience listened to readings of three of the four winning entries, although unfortunately Coralle couldn’t make it on the day. And in a very special moment for these young writers, Jordi, Lucy and Anna were awarded their prizes by Allan Wilson, who had kindly stepped in for Alan Bissett who sadly had to cancel at the last minute.
Hailing from Glasgow, Allan Wilson juggles life as a high-school teacher with penning novels, plays and short stories, and has been billed by Alan Bissett no less as someone who ‘might just represent the future of Scottish fiction’. Following the prize-giving, Allan read from some of his work before running a mini-workshop in which he shared some ideas about the writing process.
Read our blog post on Allan Wilson here