Creative writing success for pupils

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For the second year running Deeside pupils have distinguished themselves in the national creative writing competition for Scottish


The competition is run jointly by the Robert Louis Stevenson Club of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University and judged by the acclaimed Scottish novelist, James Robertson.

Stevenson is now recognised internationally as much more than simply a children’s author and as one of the most influential of early modern psychological writers.

With his inclusion in the current schemes for national certificate courses, a growing number of senior school students are getting to grips with his work.

The judges received a range of highly original and ambitious entries inspired by Stevenson’s life and work.

Overall winner of the competition was Alba Strachan of Banchory Academy, who received a cheque for £100 and the George Addis Trophy, to be held for the coming year by the school, repeating the success of Banchory’s Alexandra Lane in last year’s competition. A unique feature of the competition is that over and above the cash prizes, selected entrants are invited to take part in a creative writing workshop masterclass, led by James Robertson and shaped by his response to their work.

This means that success in the competition is not only a reward in itself, but is a springboard for the continuing development of promising young writers.

No other competition offers this opportunity.

Along with Alba, her schoolmate Megan Smith was one of the five young writers chosen to take part in the masterclass, along with Ruth Cawthorne from Cults Academy as well as two Edinburgh entrants.

Alba, Megan and Ruth took part in the workshop on 12th June at Edinburgh Napier University. All the participants received certificates, along with editions of poetry by James Robertson and copies of works by Stevenson, as mementos of the event.

The Deeside Piper & Donside Herald would like to congratulate Alba, Megan and Ruth on their success.