Anstruther Writing Award Winners 2016

AWA 2016 winners

On Thursday 10th November the Anstruther Improvements Association celebrated the fourth Anstruther Writing Awards since the writing competition was relaunched in 2013. A writing competition was one of numerous events that used to take place during the Anster Fair, held in the town to celebrate the poem of the same name written by William Tennant (1784-1848). In 2013 the AIA decided to revive the competition in order to build on the community’s great tradition of creative writing and to celebrate talent of all ages. Categories are open to primary school children, secondary school pupils and adults.

The Awards competition has grown steadily in the four years it has now been running. This year entries more than doubled and the judges comment on the rising standards each year. Judges this year were Chae Strathie, Christina Banach, Jennie Erdal and Andrew Greig. “We are incredibly lucky to have such a prestigious group of judges, all of whom have some connection with Fife,” said Christine Palmer, AIA President. “We are so grateful for their support and it means a great deal to the entrants that they provide such positive and encouraging feedback.”

The Awards ceremony was a cosy, candlelight affair in the lower hall of Dreel Halls, home to the AIA. With coffee and cake for all, it was buzzing with creativity and excitement. The audience was treated to readings of all the winning entries and Chae Strathie and Jennie Erdal were on hand to entertain and pass on their experience of the literary establishment. AIA Honorary Patron Elizabeth Gordon, who was instrumental in relaunching the writing competition, helped with reading out the entries and awarding prizes. The event finished with a rousing rendition of the appropriately-named adult category winning poem, Anster Fair.

Results of the Anstruther Writing Awards:

  • Primary category: Brendan Lewis, 2nd Molly Scott
  • Secondary category: Kate Fryer (Poetry), Xander Spence (Reflective Writing), Melanie Maclennan (Short Story)
  • Adult category: Nicholas Beinn (Short Story), Ian Richardson (Poetry)

Vintage Day

Saturday, 5 November
10:00–16:00

* Tea, Coffee and Home Baking *

# Display of Quilts made for Project Linus
# Xmas Stall, Vintage Stall, Craft Stall and Raffle
# Display of Vintage Sewing and Knitting Items

Entry £3 to include refreshments.
Proceeds to upkeep of the halls.

Anster Nicht: Trotters Independent Condiments

Byam Trotter founded Trotters Independent Condiments in 2009 after his mother gave him the recipe for mostarda, a delicious condiment she had discovered in Italy. Production began in the family kitchen, with Byam selling his product at farmers’ markets and in farm shops and delicatessens. By 2010 the business had grown in product range, quantity and employees, so Byam was forced to find his own kitchen. The business now supplies over 300 retailers, restaurants and caterers – including the Coop, the Balmoral Hotel and Harvey Nichols – and has contracts with leading brands; Byam also has aspirations to crack the international market. Byam will take us through his journey from concept to successful business, talking about the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur in Fife. Byam has promised us the opportunity to sample some of the delicious products from the Trotters Independent Condiments label.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend:

If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £2.50 per event. Membership is £7.50 and will allow you to attend all the 2016 Anster Nichts and the Christmas Social.

Anster Cinema: Following the Fleet: Drifters (PG)

In association with the Scottish Fisheries Museum, we present a special evening of silent film with live backing vocals and a post-screening Q&A.

Beatboxer and composer Jason Singh performs his live vocal score to John Grierson’s monumental silent film Drifters. Premiering alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, Drifters follows North Sea herring fisherman through their dramatic daily routines as well as the industry’s struggles between tradition, modernity, technology, the environment and nature. Jason’s score is a totally unique performance combining live vocal sound effects, voice manipulation, beatboxing and live sampling to create an exhilarating cinematic experience.

This special live event is part of Following the Fleet, a tour of Scotland’s major herring fishing ports produced by Shona Thomson and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Director: John Grierson / UK / 1929 / 1h 10m (40m film + 30min performer Q&A) / Certificate PG

Anster Nicht: Memories of Scottish Fishing Music

Meg Hyland, a student at the University of St Andrews, spent the summer as a Laidlaw Undergraduate Intern in Research and Leadership, working on a research project called ‘Memories of Scottish Fishing Music’. She investigated what songs fisherfolk sang during their work and how this varied across Scotland. She will be speaking about how factors such as religion, oral tradition, and geographical origin could affect what and why fisherfolk sang while fishing, gutting herring, mending nets, and other work involved in the fishing industry.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend:

If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £2.50 per event. Membership is £7.50 and will allow you to attend all the 2016 Anster Nichts and the Christmas Social.

Doors Open Day

Tours up the tower and, weather permitting, out on to the parapet to take in the spectacular views. Exhibition of photographs of Fife Coastal Path by Alex Fisher. Home baking/refreshments available.

Sunday, 4 September
11:00–16:00

Anstruther Writing Awards 2016

The Anstruther Writing Awards is a creative competition organised each year by the AIA and is open to one and all.

In years gone by an ‘Anster Fair’ was held in the town to celebrate the poem of the same name written by William Tennant (1784-1848). The poem features the characters of Maggie Lauder and Rob the Ranter and has a sub plot of witches, wizards and fairies. Numerous events used to be held in Anstruther during the ‘Anster Fair’ and one of them was a writing competition. So in 2013 the AIA decided to revive the competition to build on our community’s great tradition of creative writing and to celebrate talent of all ages.

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# PRIMARY PUPILS #

CREATIVE WRITING
First Prize: £20 book token
Second Prize: £10 book token

Entries can be poetry, or prose or illustrated fiction up to 500 words.

Judge: Chae Strathie

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# SECONDARY PUPILS #

POETRY
First Prize: £25 book token

SHORT STORY (1000-1500 words)
First Prize: £25 book token

REFLECTIVE WRITING (1000-1500 words)
First Prize: £25 book token

Judge: Christina Banach

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# ADULTS #

POETRY
First Prize: £100
Judge: Andrew Greig

SHORT STORY (between 1500-2500 words)
First Prize: £100

Judge: Jennie Erdal

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The competition closing date is the 30th of September 2016.

March Madness

It’s a busy month at Dreel Halls with both an Anster Nicht on Thursday and Community Cinema on Sunday. The Anster Nicht takes us to the Southern tip of the world to the Sub Antartic Island of South Georgia. Our speaker, Katie Murray, spent the summer of 2011-2012 there as curator of the Grytviken Museum. Grytviken was once a famous whaling station and it is the place where Ernest Shackleton famously arrived after crossing the mountains of South Georgia after an 800 mile journey from Elephant Island. It is a fascinating place and we look forward to the talk.

On Sunday, we have Robert Carlyle directing and starring in a macabre comedy as a Glaswegian Barber who takes up serial killing. We have teas and coffee and home baking and a 6.45 start.

Also Yellow ducks going up over the town for the AIA Duck Race. As usual this takes place at 10.30 on Easter Saturday. Please support us in our biggest and craziest fund raiser of the year to keep this tradition going.

Elizabeth Gordon, Hon Pat.

Boat Race

As part of the Anstruther Harbour Festival festivities the A.I.A will be holding their Boat Race on the Dreel burn on Saturday 30th May at 10:30am. Boats are available locally where you see the Boat Race sign or at the burnside from 10am on the morning of the race.

Easter News

Easter Saturday morning, Dreel Burn, has meant only one thing to the AIA these last 26 or 27 years – The Duck Race. Thanks to massive support from traders in the town, and indeed massive support from all the buyers of Ducks, the Duck Race has become an institution. The Duck pushers said this was one of the easiest Duck Races, no ducks escaped and 25 prizes were won. The crowd piled into Dreel Halls for refreshments and an Easter Bonnet Parade judged by the Fisher Lass and Lad.

The Duck Race has now been surrounded by King Creosote’s ‘Yellae Deuks’ Festival, a three Day event that culminated in an ecstatic crowd dancing to all his ‘big international hits’, the loyal fans favourites. Some of the best in Anstuther, Scottish and British music played over the Easter Weekend. The crowd consisted of friends old and new, young and older who also enjoyed an Easter Picnic and the stunning weather Anster had to offer on Easter Sunday.

Next Sunday, the AIA are helping to support the Table Top Games Club’s fund raiser for the RNLI Anstruther Lifeboat Station.

Elizabeth Gordon, Hon. Patron

Building a thriving and resilient community, improving Anstruther for all