Winners of the Great Weaver Words Writing Competition (junior section) have been announced and awarded certificates plus £200 worth of book token prizes.

Norley and Helsby Horn’s Mill primary schools both have a winner and five runners-up in the competition, which was sponsored by the Frodsham and Helsby Rotary Club.

Judged by award-winning writer and festival patron Tim Firth, the creative writing competition winners would normally have been announced at a special schools event as part of the five day Weaver Words Literature Festival, which was due to be staged in Frodsham at the end of April this year.

Sadly it was postponed until early May 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak but festival organisers were keen to award the prizes before the end of the summer term when some children are due to change schools. The senior school key stage 3 prize will be held over and awarded at the 2021 festival.

Many congratulations to all the short-listed children. At Norley Primary School, the winner was Micah Jamieson, with runners up: Erin Silcock-Starkey, William Hardie, Isobelle Young, Leo Partridge and Harry Dale. At Horn’s Mill Primary School the winner was Lilia Hunt, with runners up: Lauren Duffy, Lea Pohlmeyer, Amber McGing, Evie Griffiths and Maiya Aspinall.

The deadline for the adult open Flash Fiction Competition, sponsored by FDR Law, has been extended by 11 months to 28 February 2021, and the winners will be announced at the new festival in 2021. More information and entry submission is on the Weaver Words website.

Weaver Words festival manager, Lynn Pegler, said: “Many thanks to all the children who entered the creative writing competition and the schools for supporting them. The pupils produced some excellent imaginative, historical stories and hopefully we have helped to nurture creative talent for the future.

“Sadly all the judging and presentation arrangements had to adapt to the changing lockdown situation and the children have had to receive their prizes through the post instead of being presented with them on stage at the festival. Although not ideal, we hope the children will take the same pleasure and pride in their achievements.

“The intention is to move the whole festival programme forward by a year, subject to availability of speakers. We will be back!”

For more details visit the festival website www.weaverwords.org.uk

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