Writers celebrate 10 years of the North Devon Biosphere
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The winners of the B10 Writing Competition are announced.
ASPIRING writers have been praised for a series of short stories entered into a competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the North Devon Biosphere.
The B10 Writing Competition was run in partnership with Barnstaple Library and invited people of all ages to enter a short tale relating to life in the reserve.
Award winning short fiction writer Myfanwy Cook, who judged the competition, said: “Overall the standard of entries was high and everyone who entered deserves to be praised for trying to include the competition key words and themes in their writing.”
The winner of the adult section was Jacqueline Randall from Torrington, who produced a creative short story Reminiscences, on the theme of ‘young and old’, which looks through the eyes of an old grey fox at the environmental changes he has experienced in his lifetime.
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“Jacqueline has painted in words atmospheric picture of the local countryside and woven these into a stylish and captivating story,” said the judge.
Colin Smith from South Molton and Rosemary Alves-Veira from Braunton were the adult runners up. Most of the adult entrants are members of the library’s Creative Writing Group, which meets on the first Saturday of each month.
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The junior winner was Adele Collins, aged 15, from Fremington, whose story Looking Through a Different Camera Lens prompted Myfanwy to say: “This story was excellent. It had a great title and a well-thought out story line, which ‘opened a lens’ for the reader on the theme in an innovative way.”
Lois Lock, aged 11, from West Down, won the 11 and under category with her poignant and engrossing story Past and Future.
Nine-year-old Molly Macleod from Torrington was runner up with her imaginative and colourful story Quest.
The winners received North Devon Theatres tickets, book tokens and limited edition North Devon Biosphere t-shirts as their prizes.
The winning stories can be read online at www.northdevonb10.org.uk.