Writers quickly tire of the question – “Where do you get your ideas from?”
Looking for ways to spark creativity is often a challenge for those who want to write.
Early April 2014 saw ‘Inspired? Get Writing!’ judges draw contest winners from over 700 entries from around the world. The competition was organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, the English-Speaking Union Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library. It is supported by the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, the Scotsman and The Educational Institute of Scotland. Entrants were invited to produce creative pieces inspired by works from the galleries’ permanent collections.
Applicants were invited to write a poem or a piece of prose inspired by one of the works in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland. Winners can now find their work permanently housed on the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) website.
Year 9 student Milly Parker submitted an original poem using ideas based on Away From The Flock, a modern artwork by Damien Hirst. Milly’s piece entitled The Perks of Not Being Half a Cow, was awarded first place in the 12-14 age group.
Sarah Bennett in Year 10 chose James Nasmith’s Back of Hand as the inspirarion for her story, and placed as Runner-Up in the same category
Both pieces of work were read aloud in the Scottish National Gallery by members of the Scottish Poetry Library, in front of public audience, on 18 April during the closing event. Along with this both students have been invited, with their class, to a creative writing workshop at NGS.
Head of English, Amy Sanderson, said “Milly and Sarah should be extremely proud of their success in this prestigious international competition. We are thrilled that their creative talents are being recognised in this way, and hope that other students will be encouraged to take part in the future.”
Further information and a list of all competition winners can be found on the NGS website by using this link.