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Penicuik Mystery- Award Ceremony for Children’s Writing Competition

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 11:00 - 12:00

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The Penicuik Mystery Epic

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This is the culmination of a writing competition for primary school children that was launched back in May. Children from 5 Penicuik Primaries have worked hard under the guidance of children\’s book author Janis Mackay, winner of the Scottish Children Book Prize and the Kelpie Prize, to produce nearly 100 marvellous stories finding and solving the Mystery of Penicuik – why the Well stopped running, and who and how will make it all well again!
Special thanks goes to our local writers’ groups, “The Pentland Writers”, “Tyne & Esk Writers” and “The Inspired Writers”, who took part in the short listing process, freely giving their summer time for this year\’s Penfest to culminate in a real Pen-fest.
The event will be opened by the Provost of Midlothian and by Judith Mathers, head teacher of Mauricewood Primary. The Penicuik Youth Silverband will play, all the entries will be on display, and there will be Janis reading from her by then newly published sequel toThe Accidental Time Traveller”, and then she will present the 4 story awards. There will also be awards for the illustrations some children have added to their wonder-full stories. And there will be some special commendations, too.
Even though there will be some ‘winners’, this ‘Penicuik Mystery’ is a win-win competition as it presents the world with “The Penicuik Epic”: all entries, which includes the illustrations, in one real and digital book!
Come, see and hear the marvellous tales from these young writers. Penicuik will never be the same again after their talent has been unleashed now. The sequel is already in the making.

This free event will be one of the most charming events of the festival – not to be missed!

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The Penicuik Epic has now its own project website and blog for you to enjoy interacting with


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Janis who has grown up not far from here has been with us before!

And it will not be the last time either!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
11:00 - 12:00
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