Poetry Success

Every year the National Galleries of Scotland run a competition called Inspired? Get writing! for children and adults.  Port Ellen has 2 successful poems.  Abbie was a runner up with her Poem The Ghost Fiddler, inspired by a photo of Aly Bain by David Williams.  Asher achieved a special merit for his poem Old Defence, based on a painting of Inverlochy Castle by Horatio McCulloch.  Both have been invited to hear their poems read aloud at an awards ceremony at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh on the 17th April.
Here are the two poems:


In the center of a humid room,
Sat a figure hunched close to his fiddle,
Moonlight gleaming, his body glows,
Body bitter and cold, heart scorched by music,
His instrument in gentle, airy hands, notes drift like phantoms.

The room awakens, comes alive,
Louder, louder, the room screams with anticipation,
Its eyes dance to the energetic melody,
The soft, faint feet are tapping, thumping the rhythm,
As the room dances to his tune.

The room falls to a sudden stillness,
The majestic figure sits in complete silence again,
Drifting away into the dark,
Like his last notes fading into the heart of the room.

By Abbie


An elderly defence,
Confronting a forceful hill,
Protecting a village from destruction,
Now smoke stacks curl,
Weavers weave,
Fishermen fish just for fun,
Once mighty land of feasts and splendour,
Is now just a traveller’s rest.
The Loch is poisoned,
With a potion of inattention,
Blinding one’s eyes from danger,
Discarding the view of marching armies,
Watching for unclaimed lands,
The slumbering dragon rests behind,
In a million year slumber it reposes,
Preparing itself for plunder,
A storm gathering, engulfing the sky,
Like wisps of a snoring volcano,
Isolating the village from help.
As if on the banks of Loch Ness,
A stronghold remains searching,
For a long ago enemy,
Waiting for its time to strike.

By Asher

The forest pitch

Last Friday I found out that I had made the shortlist for a very special event.The event is called the Forest Pitch.It is a competition for primary school kids in
Scotland. I made it into the last 30 out of 2000 kids.Forest pitch is a football event,that you have to design a football strip for a special game what will be played on a football pitch in the middle of a forest in 2012.4 people can win the event and whoever does win they will get their shirt worn by the players.

I am well chuffed …… and so is my mum! My gran thinks that I might even win! I am going away on the Tuesday 7th February to see if I’ve won. Im going to Hampden park in Glasgow.

by Harry p7

My Dancing

When I was 5 I started highland dancing and I am still dancing now. My mum and dad even my little sister Natalie supports me very well, even if I don’t win any they always say to me I did my very best and I will get one next time and I am a winner to them. Eilidh and Katie dance with me too and they are great dancers and they support me and we support them. In 2008 I had entered Cowal games and at the end I got my results and I won the runner up trophy, I was jumping for joy when I found out. In 2009 I entered the Dunoon competition and I won the national trophy and I was incredibly pleased with myself and my dancing teacher that helped me with my dancing. I have loads of different medals from 1st to 5th and a mini shield for my dancing exams.I hope this year I will be very successful and I hope Eilidh and Katie will too.

Emily P5

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