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Creative writing competition 

On 19th February 2020 we held the prizegiving for the English Library’s first Creative Writing Competition. A total of around 20 entries were submitted, 10 short stories, and 10 humorous anecdo-tes. Noted local author, John Reid, whose family association with the library goes back to his great-grandfather, was the judge for the short stories, and journalist Ken Bennett judged the anecdotes.

The winner of the short story category was David Ellis with his story “The Fortunate Hotel”, and the winner of the anecdote category was Cheryl Douglas with her anecdote “Grooming Tails – An adventure into the strange world of Dog Grooming on The Reef .”
The winners were presented with certificates and a prize of €100 each by our President Ken Fisher. 
Thanks to all who took part, and we hope that this will become a yearly event in the library’s calendar. Thanks to Graham Taylor, Chris Hair and Niki Nicolson for organising the competition. 
Short Story Category
The Fortunate Hotel – by David Ellis (winner)
Operation Octopus – by Debbie Manning (runner-up)
The Flying Dogs of El Blowo – by Nikki & Richard Attree (runner-up) 
Humorous Anecdote Category
Grooming Tails – by Cheryl Douglas (winner)
David Ellis winner of the short stories with John Reid