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Write Stuff

Freedom is the title of this year’s WriteStuff competition for young writers, a theme particularly apt as the island moves towards the 75th anniversary celebration of the Liberation on 9 May.

The popular writing competition, which is open to local pupils in the Bailiwick of Guernsey of all ages, is launched by the Guernsey Literary Festival this week (7 Jan). The closing date for entries is Friday 6 March.

The challenge for young writers is to write an imaginary 300-word story inspired by the theme of freedom. There are three classes, Primary (years 3-6), Intermediate (years 7-9) and Senior (years 10+). The competition is sponsored by Julius Baer and promoted by Guernsey Literary Festival partners the Guille-Allès Library, the Schools Library Service, Island Mums and The Guernsey Arts Commission.

For some, Freedom may mean the beginning of the summer holidays, being outside with friends or spending time in nature. Perhaps it might even mean being able to use an electronic device for as long as they want! For others it might mean imagining release from captivity or restriction, or being given the chance to live the lives they want. 

Whatever the scenario, the young writers will need to realize their interesting idea with imagination, style and emotion. 

Closing date: Friday 6 March 2020. Enter online at:


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Poems on the move

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will judge the entries in the 2020 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Poems on the Move), organised by the Guernsey Literary Festival.  Attracting Simon Armitage, who was appointed Poet Laureate in succession to Carol Ann Duffy this year, is a major coup for the Festival and for the competition, which attracts entries from all over the world. It will mean that no fewer than three Poets Laureate have spoken at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Armitage, Duffy and Andrew Motion.

As in past years, the competition is split into three categories, Open (18 and over), Channel Islands residents (18 and over) and Young People (aged 12-17). It is hoped this year to expand the entry numbers from young writers, especially those from Guernsey. The competition, which has a £1000 first prize for the winning poem in the open section, runs until 15th January 2020 and is sponsored by Guernsey Post. 

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