Writers to celebrate Emily’s local roots

Rachel Cochrane, Penni Blythe-Jones, Lynne Riddell and Nigel Walsh
Rachel Cochrane, Penni Blythe-Jones, Lynne Riddell and Nigel Walsh

A NATIONAL writing competition to mark the 100 years since the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison and celebrate her life is being launched in Northumberland this week.

Entrants to the ‘Emily Inspires!’ competition, run by writer Rachel Cochrane, are asked to imagine Emily’s final departure from her mother’s home in Longhorsley to travel down to Epsom, for the Derby, where she was killed after stepping in front of the King’s horse.

They are asked to write through the eyes of either Emily, her mother Margaret or her neighbour, Bob, who drove her to Morpeth Railway Station, either in the form of prose, a blog, or a letter of up to 300 words, or a poem of up to 50 lines.

A series of workshops are being held in Northumberland libraries for those who would like the chance to develop their writing and their entries, including one at Ashington Library on April 10, with more information available at www.listenupnorth.com

An audio workshop will also be posted on the site for those who cannot attend.

A separate competition is being offered to middle and high schools in Northumberland, with information available from schools@listenupnorth.com

Three prizes will be awarded to the winning entrants, with a further three donated by Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth, to the three best submissions from Northumberland.

The deadline is 5pm on May 10, to emilyinspires@listenupnorth.com or they can be handed in at an county library in an envelope marked ‘Emily Inspires! Writing Competition’.