Entries to the Specsavers Children’s Writing Competition in association with the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were received in their thousands; however it was the writing talents of Paddy Roache (9) and Claudia Bang (13) that caught the judges’ eyes when deciding on the 2014 winners.
Paddy, the winner of the junior category with his entry, ‘Saving the Arctic’, is a pupil at Rushbrook National School in Cobh, Co. Cork. Paddy was presented with his prize of all of the shortlisted titles in the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Awards category from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards by Marie Roache in Specsavers, Midleton.
‘Lost at Sea’ was the winning entry in the senior category of this year’s competition, from 13 year old Claudia Bang, a first year student at Loretto Beaufort High School in Rathfarnam. Claudia was thrilled to receive her prize at Specsavers Nutgrove, with both winners school’s also receiving a donation of the best shortlisted Irish books from the last year.
Specsavers launched this competition as part of their sponsorship of the children’s categories at this year’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. Specsavers has a strong appreciation for literacy and recognise its importance amongst the youth of today.
They sought to challenge the young minds of Ireland, inviting them put pen to paper, allow their creative juices flow and dream up an adventurous story in 500 words or less.
The winning children’s titles at the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards were included in the prize for both winners; ‘When You Were Born’, by Benji Bennett and ‘Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men’, by Derek Landy.