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This annual competition is open to pupils in all secondary schools in Perth and Kinross. The winners will receive a cash prize and will be invited to read their poems as part of the Writers’ public performance on 17 May, just before the Perth Festival of the Arts. Previous schools with winning entries include Perth High School, Perth Academy, Morrison’s Academy and Breadalbane Academy, but the competition is open to all.
There are two categories: S1-3 and S4-6. Entrants should provide one copy of the poem, with name, school and year group. Poems can be up to 30 lines. Entries in both English and Scots are welcome. There is no set theme.
Entries can be submitted through school English departments or directly by individual pupils:
By post to: Perthshire Writers, 11 Comelybank, Perth PH2 7HU or
By email to: Jim Waite
The closing date is Tuesday 28th February, 2017.
This year's senior poetry competition for local schools was won by Katie Dunning of Perth High School (centre of photograph), with Memories. Highly Commended were Sarah Wilson of Perth High School (right), with Inside Out, and Lisa Ireland of Perth Academy (not pictured), with The ‘Great’ War. President William Duguid presented first prize and certificates at a meeting of the group.
We hope that the successful entrants will read their poems at A Pocketful of Perthshire, our public performance in the Lecture Hall at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on the evening of Wednesday 25th May.
During Perth Festival of the Arts 2016, Perthshire Writers will present another evening of their own work in poetry, prose and song following the successful events of previous years.
You are warmly invited to join them for this evening of entertainment, which will take place in the Lecture Theatre at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB from 7.30 to 9.30 pm on Wednesday, 25th May 2016. Tickets, £5.00, will be available at the door.
President William Duguid presents winner Jim Waite with his trophy, with adjudicator Brian Whittingham looking on.
Adjudicator Rosemary Gemmell presents the Olive Lawrie Trophy for short story writing to winner Stuart Wardrop, with President William Duguid looking on.
This year's poetry competition for local schools had two winners from Perth Schools. The senior competition was won by sixth year pupil Hamish Milne from Perth Academy, with Poppy. In the junior section, Perth High School first year pupil Adam Yorston was the winner with Fear. President Ian Steven presented their prizes at a meeting of the group.
Both winners will be reading their poems in A Pocketful of Perthshire, our public performance in the Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library on the
evening of 20th May.
Happy winner Anne Pack pictured with the handsome Olive Lawrie trophy for short story writing.
This year's poetry competition for local schools has resulted in a double win for Perth Academy. The senior competition was won by sixth year pupil Annabelle Lamont, with an coolly dismissive poem rejecting an inept suitor, Too Many Answers for an Equation. In the junior section, third year pupil Sophie Staniforth won for a third successive year with her delicate and symbolic A Feather. President Ian Steven presented their prizes at a group meeting.
Both girls will be reading their winning poems in A Pocketful of Perthshire, our public performance in the Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library on the evening of 21st May.
The winners of this year's competition for Perthshire Schools, now in its third year, are Jenny McDowell of Morrison's Academy (senior prize) and Sophie Staniforth of Perth Academy (junior prize). Jenny and Sophie are pictured right and left respectively of club president Stuart Wardrop. It is the second year running for Sophie (S2) who also won the junior prize last year.
Pleasingly, there were seventy-nine entries for this year's competition, the highest yet.
Jenny's poem, 'Fate', is a thoughtful study of relationships and responsibilities, while Sophie's is an entertaining teenage fantasy in the form of a song lyric, 'My Christmas List'.
We hope the girls will read their poems in the group's public performance of 'A Pocketful of Perthshire' in the AK Bell Library during the Perth Festival in May.
Anne Pack (front row, fifth from right) won the Drama trophy at the 43rd Annual conference of the Scottish Association of Writers on the 9th March 2012.
Entrants had to write a 5-10 minute sketch. The winning sketches were acted out in front of an audience later that evening.
Our second poetry competition for Perthshire schools resulted in two winners from Perth Academy. Following a poor response in the senior section, it was decided to make no award to seniors this year and instead to have an extra runner-up prize in the well-supported junior section of the competition.
Sophie Staniforth (right) took first place with her moving poem, I Remember, and Amy Gallagher was runner-up with an entertaining piece called My Sister's an Alien. Their prizes were presented by Writers' president Gill Duncan at a meeting of the group.
Both winners will read their poems during Perthshire Writers' May performance of A Pocketful of Perthshire in the library theatre.
Our first poetry competition for Perthshire schools resulted in two winners from the same school - Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy.
Joshua Al-Nazar won the junior section (S1-3) with his poem, 'Picnic in the Obney Hills' successfully evoking happy memories of an afternoon with his family. Grace Macdonald won the senior section (S4-6) with 'I Cannot Write Poetry', cleverly illustrating each of her alleged faults even as she was describing them.
President Jim Waite visited the school to present the prizes and to congratulate the winners and their active Writers’ Group.