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Competition alert: win a school visit from Lisa Thompson!

To celebrate the upcoming publication of Lisa Thompson’s debut Barrington Stoke title, Owen and the Soldier, we are launching a competition encouraging primary-school-age children to pen a poem!

Cover art: Mike Lowery – Pub. 15 June

In Owen and the Soldier, Owen and his mum are struggling and finding it difficult to ask for help. Owen feels very alone but finds comfort in pouring out his worries to a battered old war memorial stone soldier. No matter what Owen says, the soldier just sits and listens, and most days that’s all that Owen needs. But the local council want to get rid of the soldier, and Owen’s scared he won’t be able to get by without him. So he must pluck up the courage to speak out and convince the council that the soldier is worth saving. He gets his chance at the opening ceremony for the new school library and delivers a powerful message through the medium of poetry.

We would like to celebrate this super new book by inviting primary-school-age children to write a poem on any topic they wish. One lucky winner will receive a visit for their school from superstar author Lisa Thompson, while two runners-up will win a set of five copies of Lisa’s brand-new story, Owen and the Soldier, for their schools. The winning poems will also be showcased on the Barrington Stoke website.

Barrington Stoke Editorial Director Ailsa Bathgate says:

“We are thrilled to be working with Lisa on this excellent competition to inspire children to get involved in writing poetry. We hope it will highlight the power and wonder of words and language, and help them explore their creativity through poetry.”

Lisa Thompson offers some advice for students entering the competition:

“Always test your poem by reading it out loud and above all, enjoy it!”

The competition is for pupils of primary school age and children can take part as individuals or as a class. Their poems can be written in any style and any shape. Children have until Thursday, 6 June 2019 to submit their poems.

Full details of the competition can be found below. If you have any questions, please send them to: kirstin.lamb@barringtonstoke.co.uk

We can’t wait to read your poems!

Important bits

  • To enter the competition, primary-school-aged children need to write a poem in any style and of any length on any topic they wish.
  • All entries must be made via a school, and teachers/staff can either enter a poem from their whole class or choose the best individual poem to send.
  • Don’t forget to write the name of the child, their age, their school and school address, teacher and teacher contact details on EVERY entry you send in.
  • Prizes will be won by the school, who can decide which class/classes will receive the visit from Lisa.
  • The deadline is 6 June 2019 at 11 p.m.

How to enter

  • Teachers and school staff can send us entries by primary-school-aged children (see terms and conditions below).
  • Note: entries cannot be returned, so if you are sending by post, you will not get your entry back. Entries can be sent by post or by email. All poems must include the name and age of the child, their teacher, their school, school address and teacher’s contact details.
    Entries by post to Kirstin Lamb (Poetry Competition), Barrington Stoke, 18 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7LP
    Or you can scan entries and send by email to kirstin.lamb@barringtonstoke.co.uk with the heading “Poetry Competition”.

Terms and conditions

1. The competition will be organised and administered by Barrington Stoke Ltd.
2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Barrington Stoke Ltd.
4. This competition is for primary schools only; each school may enter as few or as many poems as they wish but only one poem per child.
5. Entries must be submitted by 11 p.m. on 6 June 2019. Any entry received after this time will not be considered. Entries will not be returned, so please remember to keep a copy if you send by post.
6. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
7. Barrington Stoke Ltd reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.
8. By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
9. Entries will be judged by staff of Barrington Stoke Ltd and Lisa Thompson. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. By entering the competition, entrants are providing permission for the winning poems to be published on the Barrington Stoke website and social media platforms.
11. The winner and runners-up are expected to be notified by 18 June 2019, although this is subject to change. If the winner and runners-up cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, Barrington Stoke Ltd reserve the right to offer the prize to another entry.
12. The winner will receive a visit from Lisa Thompson for their school, on a suitable date to be agreed by all parties. The runners-up will receive a set of five copies of Owen and the Soldier for their school. Lisa’s travel to the school and delivery of the book sets will be covered by Barrington Stoke Ltd.
13. Barrington Stoke Ltd reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the Barrington Stoke website.
14. By entering the competition, entrants agree to the terms and conditions in our Privacy Policy stated on the Barrington Stoke website.


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