Waverley Lines competition winners announced

Published: Tuesday, 25th August 2015

The winners of The Eildon Tree’s Waverley Lines writing competition have been named.

A total of eight winning entries were announced, with four named as overall winners. The quartet received two special Golden Tickets for the Borders Railway on Saturday 5 September.

The competition was open to entrants eight years and over, who were encouraged to submit their poems and short stories inspired by the re-opening of the line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, attracting 280 entries.

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A special booklet entitled Waverley Lines has been put together, containing the winning poems and short stories from the contest. It is due to be available to buy from our libraries and museums for £1 per copy in the coming weeks.

The booklet was launched at a special event on Wednesday 2 September at the MacArts Centre in Galashiels, where the various prizes will also be presented by Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities, in front of a crowd of almost 100.

The winners are:

Open Poems

  • Whit Fettle by Ian Richardson of Carnoustie (Overall winner)

Open Short Stories

  • Racing the Train by Keith Dumble of Edinburgh

Borders Writers Poems

  • Return Journey by Fiona Graham of Roxburgh

Borders Writers Short Stories

  • Connections by Russet T Ashby of Eccles (Overall winner)

Primary School Poems

  • 10.30 to Waverley by Bethany Smail of Edenside Primary

Primary School Short Stories

  • Mist on the Waverley Line by Madalaine Cross of Yarrow Primary (Overall winner)

High School Poems

  • Wisp of a Long Ago Memory by Ushika Kidd of Eyemouth High

High School Short Stories

  • Parted Souls by Euan Nicoll of Selkirk (Overall winner) 

Councillor Vicky Davidson

“I have enjoyed reading the winning entries which will be published in the Waverley Lines anthology and look forward to presenting the prizes on 2 September.

“It has been a great initiative run by the Council’s creative writing magazine The Eildon Tree.

“The anthology to be launched at the MacArts Centre will be a memorable souvenir to mark a hugely significant time in the history of our region.”

Julian Colton, co-editor of the Eildon Tree, added: "The competition has emphasised how important an event the reopening of the railway is to people from the Borders. It is staggering how much folk of all ages know about the history, mythology and future of the railway."