Writing Competition winner announced

Coastal Retreats Blog 3 July 2017

A huge congratulations to six year old Ruari McLoughlin from Dunfermline, Fife, who is the winner in our 500 Words in the North writing competition. Ruari wins a holiday at House in the North for himself and his family. Writer and owner of House in the North, Judith O’Reilly judged the competition and said of his entry:

“We loved the whole idea in the poem of the squelching and slithering. The ice cold water and the things that stand out to kids like meeting a girl who could swim and stand in the big end. Beamish of course isn’t in Northumberland, but the idea of eating marshmallows in the woods and family and fun and kisses very much are. Very evocative both of place and emotions associated with holidaying. Congratulations to Ruari and the family. Have a lovely time in the House in the North.”

Ruari’s winning poem:

Writing Competition winner

Runners up were Hope Thomson, aged 11 of Lamancha, Scottish Borders, and Hannah-Sophia Osborne, 10, of Linlithgow, West Lothian.

Hope and Hannah’s entries:

Writing Competition runner up 2

Writing competition runner up

A total of 20 entries were shortlisted altogether and we will be publishing those on our blog over the coming weeks, so look out for them!

Well done to all those who took part. We loved reading all your poems and pieces of writing about wonderful Northumberland.



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