A big thank you to Pens of Erdington for making us so welcome today at the prize giving for their inaugural Creative Writing Competition. Held in Erdington library, the event started with a brief introduction by Jude Ashworth, who heads up the group. She explained that this was the first of many competitions Pens hoped to run, and they were delighted by the standard of entries received.
Jude then handed over to Jan Watts, former Poet Laureate of Birmingham, who presented the prizes in each category, before prize winners were invited to read their winning entries.
My own story Bit Part, winner in the adult category, is a monologue from the point of view of an ageing gentlemen, so I’m probably not the best person to read it aloud. (Afterwards we discussed possible actors who might be suitable – Sir Ian McKellen, if you’ve not got much on at the mo, you were our top choice!) Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading to such a supportive group, and it was great to hear Aoife Davoren from the 12-15 age group, reading her winning story so confidently – a writing star of the future perhaps.
It was invaluable to meet, and chat with, Jan who was very encouraging about my writing, and gave me lots of good advice about taking it further. We also heard some Christmas themed poems from the group to get us into the festive spirit. And we were plied with mince pies (which hopefully made it worthwhile for my long suffering husband who was roped in as chauffeur and photographer for the day!).
A thoroughly lovely event. If you’d like to find out about future Pens competitions, keep an eye on their website: https://pensoferdington.wordpress.com/