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Write On! Children's writing poetry competition hosted by Tom Pow at The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 2012 at Harmony House in Melrose'Harmony House in Melrose, The Scottish Borders''pictures by Lloyd Smith/Writer Pictures
Write On! Children's writing poetry competition hosted by Tom Pow at The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 2012 at Harmony House in Melrose'Harmony House in Melrose, The Scottish Borders''pictures by Lloyd Smith/Writer Pictures
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Prizes were presented to the winners of the Davidson Chalmers Write On! Writing Competition on Saturday.

Created by Scottish Borders Libraries and the Borders Book Festival, the competition celebrates the talent of young writers in the Scottish Borders. This year, hundreds of schoolchildren from Borders schools submitted poems based on an animals, water or a ghostly theme. The competition judges were very impressed with the quality of writing, and they were also delighted to see an increase in entries from boys.

The awards event, at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival, was hosted by the award-winning poet, Tom Pow, and one of the festival’s favourite authors, Vivian French, who presented the prizes to the winners and runners-up.

Prizes included medals, books, and tickets for winners and their friends and families to go to the Dr Death and the Medi-evil Medicine Show at the Family Book Festival. First prize winning poems are being posted on the Borders Book Festival, Scottish Borders Libraries and Davidson Chalmers websites – and printed below.

Winners:

Primary 5

1. Drought in Africa by Grace Dawes, Gordon Primary School

2. A Ghostly Poem – Boo! by Robbie Mitchell, Wilton Primary School

Primary 6

1. The Fiend by Todd Philip, Heriot Primary School

2. Ghostly by Megan Dickson, Broomlands Primary School

Primary 7

1.Iceberg’s SOS by Jasmine Bowie, Gordon Primary School

2.A Haunting in Hotel Haunted de Haunted by Struan Henderson, Broomlands Primary School

Iceberg’s SOS

Jasmine Bowie, P7 Gordon Primary School

The ice caps are weeping,

Their salty tears swelling the oceans bit by bit.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip….drip…

Their dilemma is over whelming in its enormity,

All our troubles, petty in comparison.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…..drip….

Once they’re gone, they’re gone for ever

Causing much erratic weather.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…drip…

Disturbing to think that the human race,

Is willing to ruin such an elegant place.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…drip…

They are beautiful.

Their icy majesty glinting in the fragile morning light.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…..drip….

But they are dying.

And their life blood is pouring into the rivers, raising them, expanding them, swamping entire villages.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip….drip….

They don’t have much time left,

And they are desperately calling for help.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…..drip….

The iceberg’s S.O.S.

Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip…..drip….

The Fiend

Todd Philip

P6 Heriot Primary School

The Fiend is an awfee loon,

A keep sayin tae him, “Calm doon”.

He’s awfee wee an dinnae ask me,

Why his skin’s maroon.

His een are dark green,

Yet his airms are long an lean,

But tae tell you the truth an oh gawdstrewth,

He’s meanishly mean, mean, mean!

His neb is reid and wee,

He fills his friends wi glee,

He’s got twa lugs, an he hates dugs,

He thinks they’re awfee scary.

The end oh his tail,

Is the size oh a sail,

He lives aside farms, an the spikes on his airms,

Would make onyboady wail.

Drought in Africa

Grace Dawes

P5 Gordon Primary School

Another drought in Africa.

Dreadful weather conditions bring drought to all.

Bare crumbled dirt sucking in all the last moisture

from scorched riverbeds.

Nasty dryness eating into the bones of any living

thing in its path.

Drought is a major tragedy in Africa, it robs people

of their oxen, food, schooling and sometimes

there

lives.

The heat is sweltering, clutching around you like a

quilt.

The drought competes against the last remaining

water like two knights fighting.

Another drought in Africa.

Rain clouds bring hope to all.