Rammy Writing: Authors Win Prizes in Falkirk Library Competition


Hosted by author Helen MacKinven, the recent awards show at Hope Street Library in Falkirk celebrated the top entries from the fourth Writing Rammy competition.

Lynne James, Development Librarian, said: “It’s fantastic that Falkirk has so many talented people. We know it can be intimidating to express your words, so we are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in Writing Rammy.

“It was not an easy task judging this year as there were so many amazing entries. We hope everyone participates again next year when the Writing Rammy turns five.”

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“We had a great evening at the Falkirk Library and are very grateful to Helen MacKinven for organizing and always supporting the competition. We are so impressed with all of our winners who stood up to read their work – or for allowing Helen to read for them – they are not only very talented, but very brave! “

The full list of winners is: Adult Poetry – winner, Maggie Barrowman – For Angie (written by Maggie for her sister the night before her death from Covid) and finalist, Nikki Kemp – Bonnie Wee Scotland (Nikki works in addiction services to Falkirk and wanted to raise awareness); Adult Fiction – Winner, Rebecca Ferguson – We Were Dancing, Finalist, Pauline Evans – Belief.

Teen – winner James Shearer – Broken Dreams; Junior 8 and under – winner Grace Kidd, 7 – Charlie the little robot, finalist, Hannah Gurthrie, 7 – The Runaway Marble; Nine years and over – winner, Aesha Marie Herron, 12 – A Deep, Dark Worry, finalist, Millie Clark, 11 – Aboot A Weed, finalist, Eden Foltier, nine – Evacuation.

Family Rammy Winners – The Pollocks: Mum Taslin – Maternity & Kids Aaron, 12 – The Beaches and Aysha, 10 – My Scar.

Author Helen MacKinven was born in Falkirk and has spent most of her life in Bonnybridge, the region in which she wrote her first novel, Talk of the Toun.

In addition to writing, the grandmother of seven works at several schools in Scotland as a literacy consultant with The Learning Zoo and provides teacher training.

She was also the Scottish Book Trust’s Writer in Residence at Levenmouth Academy, Fife.

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