Winners Announced For Children’s Writing Competition that Went Global

6/7/23 - From a spooky short story about Brinsley’s old coal mine to a poem about a Kingfisher at Attenborough Nature Reserve, nine children will be presented with their prizes as part of the D.H. Lawrence Children’s Writing Competition later this month, after beating off competition from over 240 entries.

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum will be hosting a special presentation event for the winners on Saturday 15 July at 2.00pm.

The new competition, which was launched on World Book Day on 1 March asked for short stories, poems and non-fiction pieces on the theme of ‘my neighbourhood.’

As one of Nottingham’s most famous sons, the award is named in honour of the Eastwood born writer, D.H. Lawrence who often wrote about the local area in his own works.

The judges, made up of Eastwood Writers’ Group and local writer Kai Northcott, were overwhelmed by the response with over 240 entries received from not just Broxtowe, but all over the country and as far afield as Iceland and Mexico.

Kai said: “It was great to read the work of so many passionate and flourishing young writers. The outstanding level of quality and originality of submissions made my job very difficult. I hope this competition gives them a boost in confidence and encourages them to keep writing.”

The competition has been made possible thanks to funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is where this literary legend was born on 11 September 1885. Only 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre, the Museum is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, feel the warmth of the fire in the kitchen and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself.

D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum
tel: 0115 917 3824