Angus writers are sought for competition

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The ScottishPower Foundation is searching for children with the most creative minds in Angus as part of a national competition to celebrate its sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The annual Story Generator competition is a national writing competition which invites S1 and S2 pupils across Scotland to create their own story.

Already a popular fixture since its inception in 2011, this year’s Story Generator is set to be even more exciting as the competition goes online for the very first time, using an exciting new creative writing tool called Storybird.

Budding young writers are being asked to write about what life might be like in the future, using the first line of the George Orwell classic, 1984, ‘It was a bright, cold day in April...’ as their inspiration.

Trustee and executive officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, Ann Loughrey, said: “It has been amazing to see how young people develop stories together and the terrific tales they’ve created since we launched Story Generator two years ago.

“This year, we will take the competition to the next level as our new online platform enhances the creative experience for young writers and introduces the element of illustration to the process.

“We can’t wait to sit round as a judging panel and read everyone’s stories.”

The competition is searching for the school with the most creative thinking and well-presented online book. The winning book will be judged by a panel drawn from a range of experts including publishers, authors and staff from the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the winners will see their book shared online to millions of Storybird users.

Janet Smyth, children’s programme and education director, Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “Story Generator has been a great way to engage secondary schools with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and to challenge their writing skills in a national competition.

“This year’s Festival shined the spotlight on graphic novels, so we’re delighted that Story Generator is introducing illustrations into the competition this year. We wish every competing school the very best of luck with their creations.”

Teachers in Angus can register their S1 and S2 pupils for the ScottishPower Foundation Story Generator competition from now until the deadline on Friday, November 8.

Log onto http://storybird.com/scottishpower/for more information about how to enter.