Green Pencil Award 2015 winner announced


Photo: Kirsty McLachalan

Congratulations to Louis Reilly from Hermitage Park Primary, this year’s overall winner of our Green Pencil creative writing competition on the theme ‘Food for Thought – Scotland’s food and drink’

Twenty finalists from schools across Edinburgh attended the award ceremony at Central Library hosted by Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convenor of Transport and Environment and Louis was presented with the Green Pencil trophy, a winner’s medal and a bag full of prizes by author Vivian French and last year’s winner Iona McLaren.

The judges said of his poem “What impressed us was the humour in Louis’ poem and his acute observation of some adult failings when we don’t always do the things we expect our children to do! He cleverly managed to weave in some really traditional Scottish foods and rounded off a nicely structured piece of work with a satisfying and ironic conclusion”

This was Louis’ winning poem from over 1,500 entries:

What They Say….

 My mum says, ‘Eat your mash it’s tasty’.

I say, ‘It’s too lumpy’.

My mum says, ‘It gives you muscles’.


My mum says.


My dad says, ‘Eat your black pudding, it’s amazing’.

I say, ‘It’s made of blood’.

My dad says, ‘It will make you taller’.


My dad says.


My uncle says, ‘Eat your Dundee cake, it’s wonderful’.

I say, ‘It’s too nutty’.


My uncle says.


My dinner lady says, ‘Eat your oatcakes, they’re lovely’.

I say, ‘They’re so hard I might break my teeth.’

My dinner lady says they will give you brains.


Says my dinner lady.


I saw my mum guzzling iron bru

I saw my dad munching tablet

I saw my uncle chomping tea cakes

I say, ‘It’s not fair!’

They say, ‘Haud yer wheesht,



Photo: Kirsty McLachalan

Congratulations to all our other winners.

You can read the other winning entries in our commemorative brochure and  see more photographs from the award ceremony on flickr.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.