Many congratulations to Monica Robb, winner of this year’s Green Pencil Award for her poem ‘A greener world’. You can read Monica’s poem and some of the other entries on our Green Pencil Award page, and see more photos from the ceremony on flickr.
Monica has won herself a certificate, medal and prize pack, and her primary a set of waterproof jackets and trousers as well as training, workshops and a day in the woodlands, courtesy of Edinburgh’s Forest School Project for her class. This is in addition to the prestigious Green Pencil trophy, which will be displayed in Liberton Primary school.
The competition was open to p4-p7 school children and attracted nearly 900 entries. The theme of the writing competition this year was “Think Global, Act Local” with entrants promoting a Scottish or local environmental issue close to their heart. As this is the year of Homecoming Scotland and the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns birthday, pupils were encouraged to write in Scots, if they wished.
Celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith said: “This is a marvellous project from a library system of which Edinburgh can be truly proud. Given the chance, children naturally take to writing. This project combines that enthusiasm with concern over our fragile environment. I am sure the results will be very imaginative.”
The best 20 entries were awarded various prizes provided by a number of sponsors at Friday’s ceremony. Parents and family accompanied the award winners and the evening’s events also involved a number of poetry readings from local primary school pupils. Each winner recieved an Inspiring Edinburgh prize pack with book tokens, a copy of Our city, the One City Trust children’s book, and a selection of books from the Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh Unesco City of Literature.