Tell us tales of life at sea!

Author John Fordell with pupils from St Margaret's Primary
Author John Fordell with pupils from St Margaret's Primary

A creative writing competition with an environmental theme for primary school children has been launched by local author John Fardell.

‘Scotland’s Seas’ is the theme of this year’s ‘Green Pencil Award’, which is run by The City of Edinburgh Council for P4-7 pupils.

They are being encouraged to write creatively about how the sea impacts on local communities, the creatures that live in them, seascapes, what the seas are used for and how we can look after them in Scotland.

Last week primary seven pupils from St Margaret’s RC Primary School in South Queensferry helped launch the event at Queensferry 
Library where they took part in a special writing workshop to pick up tips from John Fardell, who writes and illustrates children’s books.

The competition is open to all P4-7 pupils in Queensferry, Dalmeny and Kirkliston and entries can be submitted through schools or public libraries until October 10.

The 20 finalists and overall winner will be chosen on October 30 with a prizegiving ceremony at the Central Library on November 27.

To help support the awards, Live Literature events involving schools will be held in libraries across the capital during September, backed by the Scottish Book Trust.