Folklore and fairies star in festival competition
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is inviting budding storytellers to conjure up a tale of fairies, folklore and the supernatural for their annual Faerie Tales competition.
The competition, which is part of the Winter Words festival, has grown substantially since its launch in 2005.
Many hundreds of entries each year are shortlisted down to three or four to be read aloud at free Faerie Tales evenings on February 17 and 18.
Annie Hibberd, general manager of Winter Words, said: “Our Faerie Tales evenings are extremely popular with audiences.
“They form an integral part of our annual Winter Words programme which celebrates both the written and spoken word.
“Part of the attraction undoubtedly is also the opportunity to hear new and original work, presented by familiar faces from Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s stage – Dougal Lee and Helen Logan – in the atmospheric theatre bar.”
Annie added: “This long-standing competition attracts submissions from both aspiring authors and more established writers and the number of entries never fails to increase year upon year.
“I’d encourage anyone who enjoys creative writing to take part in this wonderful competition, which as well as bringing new and original work to the Winter Words festival helps to keep the tradition of Scottish folklore and tales of the fairies alive.”
Competition entries must contain an obvious connection with Scotland such as location, characters or history and should offer up a tale of the mysterious, the macabre or the supernatural.
Each entry should be a minimum of 2250 words up to a maximum length of 3250 words.
Entries must be original work and be received at Pitlochry Festival Theatre by noon on January 31.
The Winter Words festival takes over the riverside theatre between February 10 and 19.
More than 30 authors make up this year’s programme. For details see www. PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com or call the box office on 01796 484 626.
Familiar Dougal Lee