Young writers invited to explore Argyll’s folklore

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liveArgyll libraries are seeking young writers to help tell the tales of Argyll’s myths and legends as the charity launches its inaugural writing competition.

Open to all secondary school aged young people in Argyll and Bute, the competition was announced during liveArgyll’s Book Week Scotland celebrations in November.

Budding young writers in two age categories are being encouraged to write a short story or poem, no more than 500 words, about Argyll folklore.

It can be about fairies, kelpies, dragons and trolls, or any mythical creature you can think of or create, as long as your tale is set in Argyll and Bute.

Bibliographic and local studies librarian Eleanor McKay MBE said: ‘Let your imagination run wild and allow your writing to be inspired by the sights and sounds around you.

‘We live in a land with a treasure trove of folk takes and legends that have been handed down through the generations. Many tales have been woven around events in history such as the crowning of kings at Dunadd, the Lords of the Isles and great battles between the clans.

‘You can base your idea on an event or person from history, or it could a re-telling of an existing legend. You can let your imagination take over and invent a new and exciting folk tale.’

Competition entries will be judged by a panel of liveArgyll library staff, with the winners of each category receiving a £75 gift card, certificate and a bound copy of their winning entry.

Runners up will receive a £25 gift card, certificate and a bound copy of their entry.

The top ten finalists will have their entries printed and bound and copies will be available to view in liveArgyll libraries.

Entries close on January 28. Find out more and enter at


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