Last weekend I was honoured and inspired to present the young writer’s awards at the 2019 Daylesford Words in Winter Festival.
There were so many things I loved about this event. So much colour and so many amazing primary school aged creators.
The stories I read were evocative and powerful, sometimes funny, always imaginative.
I was moved not only by the creative vibe I found in Daylesford, but also the love of story and story creation.
There were hundreds of entries in the competition and every prize winner and contestant at the event was accompanied by at least one proud and supportive adult. I was born into a household where writing wasn’t considered to be a ‘real job’ so it was heartwarming to see the family and community support for these young writers.
Many of the writers had also been encouraged to enter the competition by a supportive teacher or librarian.
I was so lucky to be invited to be part of this event, and it reinforced to me how much we can do to encourage kids to write, and to love writing as much as I do.