The best of South Canterbury’s creative writers have been recognised in this year’s Ursula Moray Williams writing competition.
The competition began 36 years ago after the English children’s book author visited Timaru Library and donated a cup for creative writing.
In 2015, Friends of the Library donated a second cup, for senior entrants in the competition, and the organisation also sponsors prizes.
This year there were 94 entries, judged by the library’s youth services team, with input from the libraries manager and adult services team leader to decide on the cup winners.
Years 1-2, winner Sidnee Black (Sacred Heart School), runner-up Megan Dillon (Gleniti School); years 4-6, winner Bryn McKeown (Woodbury School, runner-up Hazel Johnston (Winchester Rural School);
years 7-8, winner Louisa Stuart (St Joseph’s School, Timaru), runner-up Ivan Schicker (Grantlea Downs School);
years 9-10, Winner Heidi Vogel (Craighead Diocesan School), runner-up Natasha Gibbs (home schooled);
years 11-13, winner Alice Styles (Roncalli College), runner-up Grace Shaw (Te Kura/The Correspondence School).
The Ursula Moray Williams Cup for Creative Writing (junior): Louisa Stuart. The Friends of the Library Cup for Creative Writing (senior): Heidi Vogel.