THERE is a local winner in the Tartan Day ‘Tartan Treasures’ Short Story competition.
Carla Ingram, St Vigeans, won the secondary school category.
The prize-giving ceremony today (Friday) at Angus Archives, near Forfar, launched the Tartan Day Scotland Festival 2013.
David Wishart, Carnoustie, author of the highly-popular Marcus Corvinus series of Roman mysteries and one of the judges, said: “The standard of the finalists’ entries was incredibly high. There’s obviously a lot of writing talent in this part of Scotland. I was very impressed by the stories I read and, in particular, by the imaginative way all the finalists reflected the theme of the competition – Tartan Treasures.”
The competition was open to non-professional writers of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils. Over 100 entries were received and, after being read by a specially-selected team from Angus Council’s education and libraries services, a short list of nine stories was drawn up. The short-listed stories – three from each category - were then considered by the judging panel, which consisted of Mr Wishart, former MP and MSP Andrew Welsh and the Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald.
After watching excerpts of the finalists’ entries being read by a professional storyteller in the atmospheric setting of Glamis Castle, the winners were announced.
In addition to Carla, Amy Logue from Montrose won the primary school category and Lisa Maynard from Dundee was judged best on the adult section.
Mrs Oswald presented each of the winners with their prize, a Kindle E-reader.
She said: “Hopefully, winning this competition will encourage the winners and the other finalists to continue writing as I am looking forward to reading more of their work.”
The three winning short stories will be printed in Angus County Press newspapers, and films of the nine stories that reached the finals being read by a storyteller can be viewed at the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page and at www.tartandayscotland.com
For more information about the 50-plus events happening in and around Angus during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, pick up the Tartan Day Scotland Festival Events Guide from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, visit www.tartandayscotland.com or contact 01307 473262. To keep up to date with the latest news about the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, including further additions to the programme, ‘like’ the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page.