Young writers told to keep going

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Ashburton’s talented young writers and poets have been encouraged to keep entering competitions – and to check their words.
Judge Janet Benfell spoke to the children at an awards ceremony at the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, where Ashburton mayor Angus McKay handed out prizes supplied by Paper Plus.
Mrs Benfell judged the finalists in the Ashburton Writers Group annual children’s short story and poetry competition and said the writing was beautiful though, sometimes, the wrong word had been chosen.
The winning entries will be on display at the Ashburton Museum and saved for posterity.
Photo: Front, from left, Maria Lawn, under 10 short story winner, Mia Roadley, second in 11-13-year poetry, Gabby Parish, third in 11-13 year poetry, Bronte Brown, winner 10 and under poetry, Jessica Heaven, third in 10 and under poetry, Alyssa Gilbert, second in 10 and under short story, Angela Ciora, third in 10 and under short story. Back, Penny Procter, second in 11-13 year short story, and Tyler Rose, first in 11-13 year poetry. Absent: Emily Watson, second 10 and under poetry, Klara Harrison, first 11-13 year short story, Amelia Swan, third 11-13 year short story, and Ashburton mayor Angus McKay and group president Julie Fechney.