Royston author to inspire youngsters for creative writing competition

PUBLISHED: 17:31 15 June 2018

Schoolchildren in Royston are to take part in a workshop by author Graham Palmer (file photo). Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Schoolchildren in Royston are to take part in a workshop by author Graham Palmer (file photo). Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto


As part of Creative Royston’s second annual creative writing competition. author Graham Palmer is hosting writing workshops with two schools in the town.

Author Graham Palmer. Picture: Terry HartgaAuthor Graham Palmer. Picture: Terry Hartga

Taking place across two days, 30 students from Greneway and Roysia middle schools will come together to create potentially prize-winning stories under the theme ‘voyages of discovery’.

Michelle Grogan, head of key stage 3 English at Greneway Middle School said: “We are delighted to be involved once again with Creative Royston this year. The workshop with Graham Palmer is an excellent opportunity for students to hone their writing skills and revisit aspects of non-fiction writing. We are excited to see the results of this collaboration!”

The competition – supported by Royston Rotary Club and David’s Bookshop in Letchworth – is looking for entries from those aged five to nine, 10 to 17 and 18+.

Submissions should be made under categories of ‘fiction’ or ‘non-fiction’, for which there are two expert judging panels from the world of journalism and literature.

There is a £50 prize voucher to spend at David’s Bookshop available in each category.

Graham Palmer said: ”It’s always a joy to work alongside young writers. I’m sure the added incentive of a prize will turbo-charge their pens!”

Kirsten Grimmer, chairperson for Creative Royston said: “We are thrilled to be working with the schools and this respected local author to deliver this exciting creative writing workshop to middle school students.

“It is important to encourage creativity in all ages and we hope all the activities we organisation during the festival and throughout the year do just that.

“We look forward to seeing where their imaginations take them and what discoveries they uncover during these workshops.”

Kirsten continues: “We first ran the Creative Writing Competition in 2017 for ages five to 17, however most were interested in writing fiction.

“We are hopeful that both the expansion to include a category for 18+ authors and these focused sessions will draw out some inspiring non-fiction writing to keep our judges busy.”

The winners will be announced at the community arts event in Priory Memorial Gardens on Saturday, September 29, as part of Royston Arts Festival 2018.

For more information about the Royston Arts Festival and how to enter the competition visit


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