Folk­lore and fairies star in fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - WEEKEND TICKET - Johnathon Men­zies

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. Pit­lochryFes­ti­ or call the box of­fice on 01796 484 626.

Fa­mil­iar Dou­gal Lee

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