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A way with words . . . Winners and runners-up of Ursula Moray Williams creative writing competition. Back row, from left, Hazel Johnston, 11 (Winchester Rural School), Alice Styles 15 (Roncalli College), Louisa Stuart, 12, St Joseph's, Timaru, Heidi Vogel, 14 (Craighead Diocesan School), Timaru Friends of the Library chairman Doug Lawrie, author Rachel (EG) Wilson. Front row, from left, Megan Dillon, 7, (Gleniti School), Bryn McKeown, 10 (Woodbury School), Sidnee Black, 8 (Sacred Heart School), Ivan Schicker, 13, (Grantlea Downs School), Natasha Gibbs, 15, (home schooled). PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

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.

Results:

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.