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Sport and Creative Writing Unite on the Road to Rio

Children from across the Scottish Borders are invited to take part in the ‘Road to Rio Creative Writing Competition’ which runs from now until the 19th of August, following the success of last year’s ‘Waverly Lines’ themed competition.

The competition aims to inspire children aged 8-18 to pursue creative writing within their leisure time and throughout the summer holidays. By submitting a short story or poem children can win prizes which include a Road to Rio gold medal, book tokens and their work being published by local press.

Susan Garnsworthy, Live Borders commented, “Organising this year’s competition was inspiring in itself, the team work and determination involved was truly in keeping with the Olympic ethos. We cannot wait to start reading local children’s exciting stories. The only limitations are 500 words or 20 lines for a poem and your imagination!”.

The competition includes free creative writing workshops with award winning writer and playwright Tom Murray, who will be giving children advice on writing technique, finding inspiration as well as sharing his tips for success.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive, Live Borders said, “This year’s competition unites two excellent skillsets – sport and creative writing. It’s also fantastic to see an esteemed author such as Tom Murray imparting knowledge to a new generation of fledging writers”.

Submissions can be made right up until the deadline on the August 19th which ties in with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. The champions will be announced by September 19th.

If writers block is sometimes a problem, the team at Live Borders are happy to provide the following for inspiration.

• How would it feel to compete in this year’s Olympics?
• What does it mean to aspire to be the best in the world?
• What will it be like for children living in and around Rio?

Details of Writing Workshops

• July 26th – 2-3.30pm
Peebles Library, Chambers Institute, High Street Peebles EH45 8AG.
• July 27th – 2.00-3.00pm
Hawick Library, North bridge Street, Hawick, TD9 9QT.
• July 28th – 2.00-3.00pm
Duns Library & Contact centre, 49 Newtown St. Duns TD11 3AU.

• Full information about the competition can be found at http://www.liveborders.org.uk/arts_and_creativity/road_to_rio_2016_writing_competition