Competition Results 2017

Results of Fowey Festival Competition 2017 for Young Writers and Artists

‘The Quay’

Thank you to all 523 young writers and artists who have created such a wonderful collection of pictures, poems and short stories about The Quay this year.

The winning pictures, poems and short stories will be displayed in the Fowey Parish Church during the Festival from 6th to 13th May so that everyone can enjoy them.

There will be a Prize Presentation event in the Church at 1.45pm on Saturday 13th May at which the writers and artists will read out their poems and stories and show off their pictures.  You are invited to this free event.

There will be a FOWEY FACTOR FOR VOICE Free Workshop for Competition Poem and Story Prize-winners with Marj James Speech Consultant, poet & broadcaster, at 1pm before the open event. Prize winners will be coached on reading out their poems and stories to an audience.

Entries received: 523 in total (381 entries last year)
Poems Total: 227 – Infants: 35, Juniors: 133, Secondary: 59
Stories Total: 92 – Infants: 29, Juniors: 51, Secondary: 21
Pictures Total: 204 – Infants: 31, Juniors: 161, Secondary: 12

Results and winning entries are below.

Entries came from many local schools as well as individual entries from as far away as America. They have been typed up for ease of reading, without any correction.

Local schools that have taken part include Fowey, Lostwithiel, St Winnow and Wadebridge Primary Schools, Roselyon and Truro Preparatory Schools, Wadebridge School, Fowey River and Penrice Academies.

Thank you to the judges who have scrutinised them all and took on the difficult task of selecting the winners and runners up in each category:

  • Pictures: Julian Davies Webb Street Company, Sue Strachan & Jaye Guest Artists and members of The Bodmin Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BODFAS).
  • Poems: Marj James Speech Consultant, Poet & Broadcaster, Ann Willmore Bookends of Fowey, Lesley McCartney Playwright. Shortlisting by Marj James with Bernadine Nathan, Eve Ross and Jan Moore.
  • Stories: Marian McNeir MBE Fowey Festival Trustee, Ros Eaton, Sue Strachan

Thank you to Bookends of Fowey for sponsoring the writing competition prizes again this year and to the Bodmin Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BODFAS) for sponsoring the art prizes and Kids Lit.  Thank you to Atishoo Gallery, Charlestown for framing the winning pictures free of charge.

Poetry Prize Winners and Shortlisted Entries Total 227

Infants: 35 entries

First Prize James Hollingdale age 5, Roselyon School:

The Quay

The water is shimmering
The ducks are feathery
The hills are green and beautiful
The crane is strong
The seagulls are flapping
The ferry was floating
The water was washing
The sky was sunny
It was a good view!

Judges’ Comments: An observant poem. Different elements of the quay are very well described with a good choice of words such as ‘shimmering’ and ‘feathery’. We are on the quay with you James…

Second Prize Sam age 6, Fowey Primary School:

Fowey smells
Water that is salty
Everything is good and seagulls

Town smells of pasty!
On lifeboat day people go to the lifeboat.
Walk in town.
Noisy ducks quack on the river.

Quay shops smell good.
Use the boats
And Walk around the town.
You can play around on Fowey town quay.

Judges’ Comments:  This poem is well planned and the clever structure followed through effectively. Many aspects are highlighted, particularly the smells of the quay.

Short Listed: Henry Age 6, Fowey Primary School
Amelia Carter-McGregor Age 6, Chloe Stephens Age 7, Isla Guest Age 7, Roselyon School.

Juniors: 133 entries

Joint First Prize Jesse Eliot Age 11, Roselyon School:

Fowey Quay

Lingering, we watch the quays
Rambling by the old seaside,
Buy a treat, pay a fee,
Like sighs, whispered Low the tide.

With the dusk drawing in
We are back from afar
with the sunset and the breeze
and the experience so far.

Waves on the ocean
Flowing with the moon-set tides,
Met by walls of rock
A secret, to which we all confide

Judges’ Comments: Mature vocabulary used to set the scene on Fowey Quay, drawing us into its atmosphere. We loved the last line, ‘A secret, to which we all confide’.

Joint First Prize Grace Davies Age 11, Roselyon School:

Fowey Quay

Fowey Quay is where you can:
Hear the waves washing,
Seagulls soaring high in the sky,
Boats bobbing in the river,
Houses piled on top of each other,
Hordes of people buzzing around,
Children licking melting ice-creams,
The smell of pasties in the air,
Skies clear blue but fading away,
Church bells ringing every hour,
Unbelievable views:
An ever-changing Cornish postcard.

Judges’ Comments: This poem takes in all the sights and sounds of Fowey Quay.  We loved the last line describing the quay as an ‘ever changing Cornish Postcard’.

Second Prize Daniel Peareth Age 10, Roselyon School:

Fowey Quay

As little humps of water lap against my boat,
As I go into Fowey Quay the sun shimmers on the blue water.
As people jump into the shiny water,
I soon find myself on the speedboats lumpy waves.
I circle round fowey Quay to take in the view around,
I watch the boat’s zoom around the Quay,
While others sunbathe in the golden crispy sun,
They eat their Cornish pasties in silence.

As the dirty cargo ships enter to talk business.
They make enjoyable waves for us to play with,
They depart as quiet as a swan,
The harbour master watches like a hawk,
For trouble lurking out in his quay.
The yachts coming to stay the night at Fowey Quay.
The R.N.L.I waiting anxiously for that emergency call,
They wait and they wait until a call comes in…..

Judges’ Comments: Daniel’s poem drew us in from the first line and took us on an adventure using imaginative vocabulary.

Highly Commended: Millie Age 10, Fowey Primary School

Commended: Lily D Age 9, Fowey Primary School

Short Listed: Lily L Age 8, Paige Age 9, Rebecca Age 9, Fowey Primary School, Will Thomas Age 7, Dylan Su Age 7, Grace Meier Age 8, Alex Chapman Age 9, Alfie Bason Age 10, Bella Aldred Age 11, Roselyon School, Kym Harmer Age 11 Lostwithiel Primary School Tallulah Heaton Age 8, Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire

Secondary: 59 Entries

First Prize Ava Mounsey Age 11, Penrice Academy:

The Silence of the Quay

As the moon wakes, the town sleeps.
The quay plunged into darkness.
Boats knock helplessly against crumbling walls,
Crying for attention lacking for years,
Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.

Seagulls travel back to nests,
Buoys fight against the urge to sink
Their bright colours hidden behind the mud,
The midnight owls calling for prey.
Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.

In the distances sounds
Of people in the pub, shouting, screaming
Loud music emerges from old cars
as they move like snails through the winding streets.
Then the silence. The silence of the Quay.

Now the birds are waking up from their deep slumber,
feathers rustling as they sing their song.
Engines growl as they wake, the town starts to fill.
Shutters begin to rise and shops open.
Then the noise. The noise of the Quay.

Judges’ Comments: An atmospheric poem that contrasts the silence and noises of the quay using rhythm and imagery that draws us into the poem. From the moon waking in the evening we travel through the night to hear the birds and then the noisy town waking.

Second Prize Jed Gwilliams Age 14, Fowey River Academy:

On the Quay

Just me and the gulls
Railings cold against my skin
Sand crunching as a dog wanders along the foreshore
Door creaks open
An old man sweeps the night away
Empty benches just sat waiting

Gulls greedy beady eyes
Railings covered in visitors
Water slapping on the steps were children hang their crab lines
The sharp hoot of a car horn
Sticky ice-cream patches on the hot tarmac
Benches crammed with bustling beings

Full-up gulls swaying
On strings of coloured lights they sit
Ferry’s motors grumbles as it waits for the last stragglers to board
Merry man sings on the Legion’s steps
Smell of chips lingers in the air
Benches settling down for the night

Judges’ Comments: We are straight on to the quay, feeling the coldness of the railings against our skin. The atmosphere of the quay is evoked through beautiful imagery like ‘An old man sweeps the night away’.

Highly Commended: Hollie Minniss Age 12 Lanivet, Bodmin

Commended: Martha Borrott Age 11 Wadebridge School

Shortlisted: Hugo Sanders Age 11, Sophie Reeve Age 12, Victoria Moseley Age 14 Wadebridge School, Lily St James Year 8, Elliot Toms Year 8 Fowey River Academy, Cali Sage Year 9, Katherine Lee Year 10 Penrice Academy, Mawgan Rogerson Age 12 Bodmin

Stories Prize Winners and Shortlisted Entries Total: 92

Infants: 29 entries

First Prize Mae Tyrell age 6, Lostwithiel Primary School.

Introduction in italics from the teacher:

Long, long ago, in the peaceful seaside village of Fowey lived a young girl called Elowen. Elowen had grown up in the sleepy county of Cornwall and, although she loved it, longed for some excitement to liven up her days. One bright, sunny day, Elowen decided to make her way down to the quay. She loved to watch the boats bob up and down on the salty sea. As she settled down comfortably with her pasty she was startled to hear a large bang in the distance. Worried yet excited, she peered into the horizon. Were her eyes playing tricks on her? Could she really see a…

Thunder storm and crashed in to her home when she was having tea as qick as lightning she ran to the door and flung it open and sorr a thund storm. She went to the Key and her hair was flashing abat and on her face. As she was wiping her hair of her face, standing on the key, the thunder storm swishing her wa, and the waves splashing. I wondered if I get shot by lighning I mit not. I said oh I don’t no lets doj some lightning””. First I can get some snacks from the keys fish and chip shop well steping and skidding doging thunder. Cep getting food the thunder storm flasht makeing big hols in the hard ruth and lived Happiy and went to bed.

Judges’ Comments: The judges loved Mae’s vivid pictures of the storm. We thought the language and the pace were exciting and made us feel what it would be like in a storm.

Second Prize Miley Stone age 7, Lostwithiel Primary School. Teacher Introduction:

Long, long ago, in the peaceful seaside village of Fowey lived a young girl called Elowen. Elowen had grown up in the sleepy county of Cornwall and, although she loved it, longed for some excitement to liven up her days. One bright, sunny day, Elowen decided to make her way down to the quay. She loved to watch the boats bob up and down on the salty sea. As she settled down comfortably with her pasty she was startled to hear a large bang in the distance. Worried yet excited, she peered into the horizon. Were her eyes playing tricks on her? Could she really see a…

Whale crashing agents the key a real whale was on land every one ran the whale was alive and it was moving and making a bang! noise. Every one screamed “I don’t want to be eaten” they said. Then the whale was going faster and faster and faster it was faster the every one the whale knocked the houses they nearly broke but they didn’t. They all had the same plan. they went as fast as they could they got a net and put it over the whale. And then they pulled and they pulled and then they put the whale in the sea and let the whale out of the net. And then she went home and told her father all about her advencher and lived happily ever after.

Judges’ Comments: We liked Miley’s exciting description of the whale and how the people felt when they saw it. Very vivid language and good dialogue. The story has a good beginning, middle and ending.

Highly Commended: Eliza Robinson age 5 and Elizabeth Leather age 6.

Commended: Matilda Cornish age 6 and Curtis Bailey age 5. All Lostwithiel Primary School.

Juniors: 51 entries

First Prize Lucie age 11, Fowey Primary School: Sam the Seagull

My name is Sam. I live on Fowey Town Quay with my family. Now I may seem like I am a human, but I am most certainly not. I swoop from the sky. I waddle down below. Can you guess what I am? Yes I am a seagull. I pinch people’s food because it looks so good. I poo on people’s heads to bring them good luck. But I never mean to be a pesk; it’s just in my nature. That’s all we’ve ever known.
My mother and father love me so dearly because I serve them well. I bring them back food every night but it doesn’t just seem right. The people on the town quay are so nice, but they can get angry when I pinch food from them.
I want to change my ways so much but I simply don’t see how. Because this is the way I’ve been brought up, I don’t know how to change. Will I ever change?I don’t like stealing from people it doesn’t seem right to me. They often look upset and mad when I do this.
I’m going to change my ways now.

Judges’ Comments: The judges loved the humour: Lucie’s story made us smile because it is so true of seagulls. It evokes the atmosphere of the quay and is written from an interesting perspective.

Second Prize Ronnie age 11, Fowey Primary School:

The Great Battle of Fowey

As the British civil war broke out (in 2018)-after Britain exited the E.U. and Scotland weren’t allowed their independence – Fowey Town Quay became one of the most famous naval based in Britain. With its tactical position, facing south towards Portugal (England’s ally in the war) Scotland could not attack as their fleet would be destroyed.

But Scotland was strong in their fight for independence and even against Portugal they still tore through the west coast of England and as they got nearer Fowey they got stronger and stronger.

Although they were stronger on land, they decided to attack by sea and try and take Fowey’s naval base and on the build up to the battle Portsmouth aided Fowey with their whole fleet but Scotland still outnumbered them 48 to 16. Fowey had 10 battleships and 4 U-boats. Unfortunately Portugal had already signed peace with Scotland meaning it was Fowey vs Scotland…

As the days of battle came, the ships flew out the quay like dogs chasing a stick; the towers caught a glimpse of the battle. With binoculars, they saw Scotland’s admiral precariously hanging off the edge of a sinking boat.
When the team got back, they were treated like heroes. They had won!

Judges’ Comments: The judges were impressed by Ronnie’s local history research, which is the basis for an imaginative, original story. The idea was original, the descriptions vivid and all very well presented.

Highly Commended: Millie Read Age 10, The Quay, Wadebridge Primary Academy and Fin Age 11, Huge Pasty Day Fowey Primary School.

Commended: Ingrid Laidler Age 9, The Quay in Fowey, Lostwithiel Primary School and Owain Age 11, The Adventures of Jack, Fowey Primary School.

Short Listed: Jago Willcox Age 9, Mila Van de Velde Age 8, Lostwithiel Primary School and Will Age 10, Lowenna Age 10, Leo Age 8, Aneura Age 10, Fowey Primary School.

Secondary: 21 entries

First Prize James Sweet Year 8, Fowey River Academy

Fowey Quay

“Hey dad I have caught another!” As I pull up a huge bright red crab with legs the size of carrots and pincers as sharp as a knife I smile happily at my dad. My dad and I sit on the harbour every Sunday afternoon crabbing chatting about the week gone by. The best Sundays are when it is sunny and the water is calm, as you can see the sun reflecting creating amazing patterns. The ferry bumps into the harbour wall and the boatmen throws the rope over the mooring post. The calm is lost as the bustling tourists come off the boat. The hot vinegary smell wafts along the harbour as they eat their fish and chips. The smell has also awoken the seagulls as they squawk for attention in the hope of a chip reward.

Judges’ Comments: The judges were impressed by the beautifully, detailed accurate descriptions – every word counts. We liked the father/son relationship – all finely drawn.

Second Prize Isabelle Turner Year 9, Fowey River Academy

The Quay

The fresh smell of the salty water and Cornish pasties fill the air around the town and the Quay. I walk slowly taking in the luxurious views of the bright verdant lands neatly on the sides of the clear soft blue sea. I look up to a beautiful view of the clear deep blue sky which almost hypnotizes you as you look deeper into its rare colour.  The quay is filled with people and children sitting down on the smooth material of the quay and dangling their legs only inches away from the sparkling water. I look up to see the colourful houses all perfectly the same size lined up neatly only just hidden behind the tall scented trees of the land near the quay.  The quay is surrounded by small fishing boats carefully tied to hooks around the small walls of the quay. Over the other side you can see a small bridge that leads from the key into another beautiful village of colourful houses.  As the day passes by the warm golden sun gently floats back down over the grassy hills and the gleaming night stars shine over the quay and the night finally settles in.

Judges’ Comments: The judges liked the atmospheric, well observed descriptions which paint a picture – we felt we were there. We loved the last sentence – very evocative.

Highly Commended: Emily Wakeham Year 9 Penrice Academy and Steffi King Year 8 Fowey River Academy.

Commended: Jed Pearce.

Pictures Prize Winners and Shortlisted Entries Total: 204

Infants: 31 entries

First Prize Noah age 4, Fowey Primary School

Fowey Art Competition

Judges’ Comments: Excitingly energetic drawing. Bold use of materials. Keep going with your drawing Noah! 

Second Prize Rufus Perkins age 4, Lostwithiel Primary School

Judges’ Comments: Bold, enthusiastic use of paints. Busy, lots of activity on the water. Good colours.

Highly Commended: Beth Hamten age 3, St Austell

Short Listed: Liam Smith age 4, Robben Solly age 5, Florence Gough age 5, Orla Harland age 5 Lostwithiel Primary School.

Juniors: 161 entries

Joint First Prize Emma Sweet age 9, St Winnow Primary School

Fowey Festival Art Competition

Judges’ Comments: The judges were really impressed by the clever and inventive use of materials and techniques to create this wonderful relief picture.

Joint First Prize Tess O’Rourke age 8 Wadebridge Primary Academy

Fowey Art Competition

Judges’ Comments: Beautifully observed. Good drawing skills. Industrious concentrated effort with accurate colouring. Love and labour combined.

Joint Second Prize Luke Brown age 10 Wadebridge Primary Academy

Fowey Art Competition

Judges’ Comments: an excellent drawing full of interesting detail. Luke has demonstrated very good observation, graphic ability and has managed to create a lively, animated illustration of Fowey. It is well executed, perhaps by an architect or draftsman in the making?

Joint Second Prize Leo Solly age 7 Lostwithiel Primary School

Fowey Art Competition

Judges’ Comments: a wonderfully joyful painting of Town Quay. Leo has created a great story full of drama and humour – well painted and full of energy.

Highly Commended: George C age 11, Wadebridge Primary Academy.

Secondary: 12 entries

Commended: Kayla Giles age 14, Fowey River Academy: well drawn promotional poster for Fowey. Megan Langmaid age 14, Fowey River Academy: thoughtful, imaginative choice of subject, seeking out these old quays. It was a pity that they were badly printed and on poor paper.

Judges’ Feedback: There were so many excellent entries for the Junior section, 161 in all and only 12 in the secondary group including 8 poorly presented photographic entries.  The judges therefore decided to award more of the prizes available to the Junior section instead of awarding them for entries in the Secondary section.