Fol­low the ex­am­ple of J M Bar­rie

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET -

Teenagers – what are your dreams for the fu­ture?

Our ex­clu­sive Young Peo­ple’s Let­ter Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, with Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, launches to­day.

We want teenagers to ei­ther post or email us a let­ter by Mon­day, November 19, with the win­ner re­ceiv­ing amaz­ing prizes pre­sented later this month by ac­tress Joanna Lum­ley, who is pa­tron of the trust.

Send­ing in a let­ter as a teenager to the Stan­dard will be fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of JM Bar­rie.

The play­wright and au­thor spent some of the hap­pi­est years of his life in Dum­fries as a pupil at the academy and, dur­ing that time he loved writ­ing let­ters, with many ap­pear­ing in the Dum­fries Stan­dard.

From the age of 13 to 18, Bar­rie and his friends played in the gar­dens of Moat Brae House that later in­spired him to write Peter Pan.

His let­ters and note­books also talk about the num­ber of times he wrote to the Stan­dard.

And they sug­gest a young man who dreamed of a bright fu­ture in­volv­ing sto­ries, the­atre and creative ac­tiv­i­ties.

We have teamed up with the team at Moat Brae – which is be­ing trans­formed into Scot­land’s Na­tional Cen­tre for Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture – for a let­ter­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for young­sters aged be­tween 13 and 18.

To en­ter they need to write their own let­ter, of not more than 350 words, about what they would like to achieve in their lives and start it with the words: “My dream for the fu­ture …”

Send it by post or hand in to our of­fice, ad­dressed: Moat Brae Let­ter, Dum­fries and Gal­loway Stan­dard, Park Lane, Dum­fries, DG1 2AX. Or email it in to sharon. lip­trott@reach­

En­tries need to be with us for judg­ing on Mon­day, November 19.

The win­ner will be pre­sented with their prize by Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust pa­tron Joanna Lum­ley dur­ing the Dreams for the Fu­ture cel­e­bra­tions.

Th­ese take place from November 24 to December 2 and are part of Scot­land’s Year of Young Peo­ple.

The prize will be: A VIP fam­ily ticket to Staged at Dum­fries Academy Water­stones vouch­ers worth £20 A free one-year fam­ily pass to Moat Brae (for two adults and three chil­dren/ young peo­ple) And a se­lec­tion of young peo­ple’s books.

The win­ning let­ter and two highly com­mended en­tries will be printed in the Stan­dard.

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