HighlandLIT writing competition winners, chosen by storyteller and musician Bob Pegg, get a public reading at the Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness as part of Book Week Scotland


Bob Pegg, center, with Lilias Noble, left, and Gina O’Brien.

The winners of a 2021 writing competition read their work at a recent Book Week Scotland event.

Held at the Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness and on Zoom, attendees of the HighlandLIT event were invited to write up to 500 words of prose or 20 lines of poetry on the theme of ‘Celebration’.

Strathpeffer’s storyteller, songwriter and musician Bob Pegg chose the winning works and highly recommended pieces after an initial review by the HighlandLIT committee.

He said: “I was looking for anything that brought a story or poem to life, anything that felt fresh, intriguing, unexpected, bending over convention.”

HighlandLIT President Mark Williams said: “The evening was indeed a celebration of the works of so many talented writers living in our region, covering a wide range of interpretations of the theme, but all demonstrating our collective resilience in the face of the adversity that the pandemic has brought. to all of us, but that hasn’t cooled our minds.

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“We would like to thank everyone who participated for their contributions, and Bob Pegg for judging and organizing the event so well.”

Bob Pegg and HighlandLIT President Mark Williams.
Bob Pegg and HighlandLIT President Mark Williams.

In the prose section, the first prize went to Meg MacLeod, the second to Brenda Lawrence and the third to Georgina O’Brien.

Stewart Struthers and Rhiannon Stradling were highly congratulated.

In the poetry section, the first prize went to Lynn Valentine, the second went to Lilias Noble and the third went to Meg MacLeod. Jayne Austin and Tim Williams were highly congratulated.

The evening ended with a reading of some of his own work by Bob Pegg for the public in person and online.

Bob Pegg addressing the group.
Bob Pegg addressing the group.

The winning entries were posted on https://www.highlandlit.com/2021writingcompetition.


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