2014 John Muir Trust Wild Poetry winners announced

Winning poems from Lochaber primary schools' to be exhibited at Fort William Mountain Festival, 19 - 23rd February.

Winning poems from Lochaber primary schools' to be exhibited at Fort William Mountain Festival, 19 - 23rd February.

After ploughing through over 300 entries, the John Muir Trust is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 John Muir Trust Wild Poetry Competition.

The annual competition is open to all primary school pupils in Lochaber who want to tell us through poetry what makes our wild world so wonderful. The winners are:

English P1-4
1st Josef Kocjan Briggs, P4, Invergarry PS
2nd Daniel Boyce, P1, Lady Lovat PS
3rd Hannah May Loughray, P4, Spean Bridge PS

English P5-7
1st Janie Patterson, P7, Acharacle PS
2nd Dugald Macintyre, P6, Strontian PS
3rd Ruairidh Flux, P6, Roy Bridge PS

Gaelic P1-4
1st Maighsi Rough, Acharacle PS
2nd Lisa Ford, Acharacle PS
3rd Murdo Shaw, Le Roinn-sgoile Ghaidhlig a’Ghearasdain

Gaelic P5-7
1st Maryann MacPherson, Acharacle PS
2nd Katie Macrae, Le Roinn-sgoile Ghaidhlig a’Ghearasdain
3rd Hamish Shaw, Le Roinn-sgoile Ghaidhlig a’Ghearasdain and Seamus Buchanan, Acharacle PS

Alison Austin of the John Muir Trust said: “This was a fantastic show of wonderful wild poems in English and in Gaelic from Lochaber Primary Schools.

“It’s been a real treat for us to find out how pupils in Lochaber think about all sorts of wildlife from eagles and otters to deer, foxes, squirrels, salmon and much much more.

“The exciting action poems will resonate with mountain bikers and skiers alike, and the more reflective poems make us realise that all ages appreciate time spent in wild places whether that’s on top of the Ben, splashing in a burn or exploring woodlands.

“It was a difficult task to decide the winners. Some stood because of their captivating subjects. Others attracted us with their descriptive words, flow and rhythm, conjuring up that special quality of an animal, or a place, or the feel of taking part in something outdoors in our wonderful wild weather!

“Congratulations to all the winners and commended poets.”

The competition takes place annually as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival in honour of the Scots-born conservationist John Muir (1838-1914), who emigrated to the USA at the gae of ten and became a world renowned explorer, mountaineer, conservationist and campaigner.

Muir was also an eloquent writer whose works has inspired many people down through the generations to explore and protect wild places and all that is wild.

The John Muir Trust wishes to thank all those who took part, including pupils, schools and teachers.

We would also like to thank our prize sponsors:
Iomairt Lochabair
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre
Nevis Cycles
The Granite House
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Nevis Sport.

Prize winners received a selection of book tokens, hats, T-shirts sweatshirts and biking kit.