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Some of the winners of the ‘Young Shetland Writer 2022’ competition, whose awards were presented at Mareel on Wednesday evening. From left to right: Tom Lobban, Maria Robertson, Trudi Balfour, Cora Grant and Tamzin Doull. Photo: Dale Smith/Shetland Arts

THE WINNERS of Shetland Library’s ‘Young Shetland Writer 2022’ competition were announced at Mareel on Wednesday evening as part of the Wordplay festival.

With the theme of Time Traveller, this year’s competition attracted 414 entries from all over Shetland.

The competition was judged by local authors and literature enthusiasts James Sinclair, Jim Mainland, Sally Huband and Mary Blance.

Winners in the seven to nine year old category were Anne-Louise Harpé of Bell’s Brae Primary School, with the dialect winner going to Cora Grant, from Lerwick who entered individually.

The winners in the 10 to 12 age category were Tom Lobban from Gulberwick and Tamzin Doull from Aith Junior High School.

Tom entered in the competition individually and won the dialect writing category.

In the 13 to 18 year-old category, the winner was Trudi Balfour and the dialect winner was Maria Robertson, both from Brae High School.

The Educational Institute of Scotland provided £50 prize money for category winners, and local dialect group Shetland ForWirds gifted £50 for the dialect winners.

Young people’s librarian at Shetland Library Chloe Tallack said: “The writing quality of this year’s entries was exceptional, and the judges had a tough job to read through all the entries then choose the winners.

“It is always encouraging to see the support given by families and educators to the young people developing their creative writing.”

Some of the winning entries will be published on the library website and in the New Shetlander magazine, while they will also be read out on Mary Blance’s books programme on BBC Radio Shetland later in the year.

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