St Helens Libraries invite you to go back in time and get creative

Following on from the successful first year of the WW1 themed creative
writing competition, St Helens Libraries have joined up with St Helens
Music Service to this time uncover creative written and musical pieces as
part of a competition for children and young people.

Children and young people are invited to get involved and transport
themselves back to the start of the First World War as part of a new
creative Words and Music Competition.

Young people will be asked to write a story, poem, letter, diary entry,
musical piece or song imagining that they live in St Helens during WW1.
They should write about how they feel hearing about the war, if their
relatives have gone to fight abroad, are they wishing that they had gone
with them and what life was like in St Helens during this time.

Young people must be aged between 7-16 years old, and live or go to school in St Helens in order to take part.

Entries must be no more than 500 words or 40 lines in length for a poem.
Musical entries are invited from any KS2 primary school class or any
individual secondary school pupil and should be submitted either as a
recording (CD, USB drive, MP3, wav or tiff format or video MP4 format) or
as a notated score. A copy of any lyrics for a song and a written
description as to how you tackled this years’ brief should also be

Entry flyers are available from all libraries and can be downloaded from St
Helens Council’s website.

The winners of the written section will receive a £35 book token and £75
worth of books for their school. Runners up will also receive book tokens
and books for their schools at a celebration event at Chester Lane Library
in March 2016.

The winners of the primary school musical section will win have the chance to record their piece and perform it at the Music Service Summer Concert in July and a music technology half-day training session in their school.

Winners of the secondary school musical section will win a copy of Cubase Elements 6 Music Software and have the chance to record their piece and perform it at the Music Service Summer Concert in July.

This year’s competition is supported by West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and Newton Rotary Club.

Entries can be submitted via email to or handed in to the Schools Library Service or any St.Helens Library, no later than 11 February 2016.

To find out more, please call 01744 677486 or visit