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2019 is the centenary of Save the Children and to mark the occasion they organised a creative writing competition for primary schools in the Swansea Bay Area. This was in association with DylanED, the educational strand of Swansea University’s International Dylan Thomas Prize. 

There were two competitions: 
One for pupils in Years 3 and 4 and one for pupils in Years 5 and 6.

  • Years 3 and 4:  pupils were asked to write a paragraph, or poem or dialogue, with a hand drawn illustration based on a characterthey have read about.
  • Years 5 and 6: Were asked to create a piece of imaginative writing based on the themes of Hopes and Dreams” or The Natural World” or Space”, This too, could also be illustrated. The entries can be hand written or word-processed and in English or Welsh.

Winners will receive some fantastic prizes, which will be presented by the guest author at a Literary Lunch in November 2019 at the Great Hall, Swansea University. All participating schools will receive a certificate and one lucky school year group will win a trip to Bluestone Resort. The school with the best overall entries will also receive a prize.  

Our prestigious judging panel was made up of our head judge Roy Noble, OBE BBC Radio and TV Broadcaster; Dr Elaine Canning, Head of Cultural Engagement and Development at Swansea University and the Executive Officer of the International Dylan Thomas Prize; Sharon Jones, Head of the Curriculum Support unit at Swansea City Council and the School's literacy Adviser; and Eurgain Haf, Welsh Children’s Books author and Media and Communications Manager (Wales) for Save the Children.


Special Prizes

1. Best Overall School and winner of the Drama workshop, donated by ACTS -Arts Collaboration Training and Support.

Ynys Fach Primary School Resolven

The names of all the competing schools were put in a hat for all the other prizes.

2. A digital flip book of “ Tell us a story “ entries from the school, donated by Crunch Simply Digital SA1

Hafod Primary School

3. Bluestone Prize – a trip to the Bluestone Resort for a group of 30 children to see their Christmas Pantomime, with transport provided.

Christchurch Primary School

4. A day of Samba Music Workshops, donated by Hannah and Patrick King of Children’s Musical adventures.

Blaengwarch Primary School 

Details of all the prizes will be sent to the winning schools shortly.

All schools, which took part in the competition, will be rewarded with a certificate.