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We wanted to say a big thank you for entering the Christmas short story writing competition, held on behalf of the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind. The entries have been successfully de-personalised and stories now have a number. These have been sent to the independent judges who will read them all and select their winners; this may take up to three weeks.

A date for your diary! On Monday 19th December 2016 we are holding an awards ceremony when the prize winners will be announced and you, your family and friends are all invited! It will take place at Newport Minster, St Thomas’ Square, Newport. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Awards Ceremony will start at 7:00pm prompt.  All are welcome, regardless of whether you have entered the story writing competition or not.

This year’s prizes and certificates will be presented by: Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Major General Martin White and Mrs WhiteHigh Sheriff Robin CourageChairman of Newport Parish Council In addition, the overall winning entry of each category will have their story pre-recorded by actor Robert Glenister, actress Katy Manning and singer Edana Minghella; these will be played at the presentation evening for everyone to hear.

RC Bridgestock will be at the event, along with other authors, all happy to share experience and tips on writing and publishing. There will be plenty of entertainment, including Ricky J and Emily Scotcher and delicious refreshments to get us all in the festive spirit. Please come along early to browse around the stalls and soak up the Christmas cheer!

Good luck with your entry and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Chris Cane on 522205 or email: