Adventures in words

on 21 July 2017.

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Arts for Hungerford Literary Festival Writing Competitions

As part of the 2017 Arts for Hungerford Literary Festival which will be taking place from 13th to 15th October on the theme of journeys, there will be two writing competitions, a children’s and an adults’.

The Children’s Writing Competition has two categories, 5-8 and 9-12 year olds. Children are invited to submit entries up to a maximum of 500 words on the theme of Adventure. The winners will have their work published on the Hungerford Bookshop and the Arts of Hungerford websites and receive £25 of National Book Tokens. The competition will be judged by Deborah Patterson, author of the wildly popular, Write Your Own series. The winning entries will be announced during the Literary Festival and who knows, it could be the start of a lifetime’s adventure in writing. Be sure to submit your entry to the Hungerford Bookshop by 14th August, clearly marked with your name, age and contact details.

The adult Writing Competition invites submissions of up to 500 words of prose or 50 lines of poetry and should be inspired by the following line from Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts:

“The juxtaposition of tongues made me feel I had crossed more than a political frontier. A different cast had streamed on stage and the whole plot had changed.”

A great traveller and man of letters, in 1933 Leigh Fermor charmed his way from the Hook of Holland to Instanbul in nothing more than a pair of hobnailed boots. Author Nick Hunt retraced Fermor’s footsteps in his first book, Walking the Woods and Water and will be appearing at the Literary Festival to judge the adults’ writing competition and discuss his latest work, Where the Wild Winds Are. Sponsored by Fare Wise Travel, the winner will receive £50 of National Book Tokens.

All entries should be submitted to Hungerford Bookshop no later than 14th August and must be clearly marked with name, email address and telephone number.

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