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Winning writers


Both miss e and miss i wrote stories for the Now and Then writing and poetry competition being held by The Grove Library. It is a competition to encourage all age groups to write about things which remind them of the lifestyle now, or in the past, of living in the suburbs of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove or Mosman Park.

Miss e was inspired to enter the competition after she had attended a workshop with an author, at the library.  Miss i loves to write and also decided to enter, with the encouragement of her English teacher.

A couple of weeks ago both girls received invitations in the mail to attend the Awards Ceremony. They were both entered in the same age category Years 5 – 7. There was going to be one winner announced for prose, and one for poetry, and two commendations in this category.

Both girls were excited when we arrived at the library last night. We enjoyed some light refreshments as we chatted to Granny and Grandad who had come to support them. Both of miss e’s teachers arrived to support her which was a lovely gesture. We listened to a strings ensemble and were amused by the slideshow being presented on a large screen, showing photos of the area from the early 1900’s. Lifesaving clubs, historical and easily recognisable local homes, and restaurants. Families bathing in long dresses by the river and the sea.

The guest speaker was a Features Writer for the West Australian. He spoke well about the career he had taken in writing and how by studying journalism, he found that being a features writer allowed him to not only write factual accounts, but to also add creativity to his articles. He engaged the audience well with his talk.

One of the local Mayors presented the awards. The competition is designed to produce writing about experiences present and past about living in these suburbs. Miss i was announced as winning a commendation for her story titled Cottesloe SLSC. She wrote a descriptive piece about a session at her lifesaving club, including swimming around the famous pylon located at Cottesloe beach.

Miss e was announced as the Winner of the prose Years 5-7 category for her story titled Inside and Out. She wrote from the perspective of a sculpture which had been entered in the annual Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea.

Both girls were very happy for both themselves and each other. Miss i pocketed a $30 cheque and miss e a $60 cheque. Their first income as writers?


4 Responses

  1. Whoohoo – open their bank accounts mum, they’re starting their writing career!

    You must be so proud. I know I would be proud as punch too 😉 xx

  2. That’s brilliant! Sapphire just walked over to read about it and sends her congratulations too 🙂

  3. Wow! Congrats to your girls, amazing to see such a passion for writing at their age.

  4. Congratulations and well done girls! I would love to read your stories, post me copies? xx

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