Niamh has the write stuff

Niamh Corkey
Niamh Corkey

A Balwearie High pupil has put pen to paper to scoop a prize in a prestigious national writing competition.

Niamh Corkey (13) is one of 10 young people from across Scotland, along with two from Russia, to be chosen from thousands of entries as a winner of the Pushkin Prizes.

As a reward for her work she will attend a creative writing week at Moniack Mhor near Inverness along with the other prize winners. During the week Niamh will participate in a range of writing activities organised by children’s authors.

The Pushkin Prizes offers pupils in S1 and S2 from any school in Scotland the chance to submit their creative writing folios in December every year.

Each folio must contain three pieces of creative writing, each no longer than 1200 words long. Pupils can write about anything they wish, and they can write in any genre, or combination of genres.

Niamh told The Press: “I wrote two short stories and a poem. One story is called ‘That Autumn’ and it’s about a girl running away after a terrible fire in her home. The other is a school story about a girl who is faced with the opportunity of cheating in an exam. The poem was something we did in art class - ideas we had after studying Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night’.”

One of the authors attending this year’s creative writing week is Cathy McPhail - one of Niamh’s favourite writers. Niamh received a certificate on Monday at a prizegiving ceremony in the Archer’s Hall, Edinburgh, before setting off for Moniack Mhor where she will spend the rest of this week.