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Green Pencil Award Launches Search for Budding Burns

posted 24 Aug 2009, 13:05 by myEdinburgh Admin
A creative writing competition for Edinburgh school children is being launched in the city today.

The theme of this year's 'Green Pencil Award', which is run by The City of Edinburgh Council, encourages pupils to "Think Global, Act Local".

The topic aims to promote a Scottish or local environmental issue or a subject that is close to your heart to help celebrate the Homecoming and the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birthday.

Nearly 900 entries were submitted last year and the overall winner, Aoife Forbes from Bonaly Primary School, won the prestigious Green Pencil Award Trophy for her entry 'Antarctic Waste' on the devastating effects of global warning.

In addition to the trophy there will be various prizes up for grabs and a special award ceremony will take place on Friday 27 November 2009 at the Central Library on George IV Bridge.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture Convener, said:

"Scotland's literary history boasts a celebrated cast of illustrious writers and poets. We can lay claim to having produced some of the world's most renowned authors, and it is schemes such as 'The Green Pencil Award' that may help to unearth the next Robert Burns, or Muriel Spark

"The importance of writing to children's education cannot be underestimated and any competition that encourages this, and which gets them thinking about environmental issues at the same time, is something that we must continue to support and promote."

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council