Poet’s a DAB hand

030112  Ian McCartney winner of RSPB poetry competition
030112 Ian McCartney winner of RSPB poetry competition

YOUNG writer Ian Macartney was broadcast over the airwaves this Christmas after he won a poetry competition.

Ian (13) from Blackness Road, Linlithgow, came top in the over-eights category in the WildVerse poetry contest with ‘The Kingfisher’. The youngster who is in second year at Linlithgow Academy has hopes of becoming an author and his dreams could become a reality after he defeated 1800 entrants to take first prize.

Dad John said: “Ian’s very interested in writing and he has entered a number of competitions, including the Pushkin Prize in December for young Scottish writers.

“He likes a wide variety of styles from poetry to short stories, and takes inspiration from everything. For the WildVerse competition, he went away and researched kingfishers and came up with this poem. We are very proud of him and he was very happy about it - it was a nice surprise at this time of year.”

The whole family including mum Nicola, brother Finlay (16) and Anna (4) listened to Ian’s poem being read out on Fun Kids radio station between Christmas and New Year. Winners were selected by Lauren St John, author of Blue Peter’s Book of the Year 2011, ‘Dead Man’s Cove’.

She said: “The standard is quite astonishingly high. How heartening that children of that age are producing such inspired, moving and literate work.”

For his prize Ian was given a PURE Sensia internet-connected DAB radio with colour touchscreen. The WildVerse poetry competition was organised with RSPB Wildlife Explorers, Fun Kids radio station, and Reading for Life, and youngsters up to the age of 19 submitted poems about wildlife. To listen to Ian’s winning poem, go to www.pure.com/wildverse