I recently attended the presentation of awards for the Maitland City Library’s annual Write Now! competition. The event began with an opening address by the Mayor of Maitland, Councillor Peter Blackmore who spoke of the importance of libraries and their dedicated staff in fostering a love of books and literature in our students. He acknowledged the role that reading plays in becoming an accomplished author. To be a writer you must first be a reader. Renowned local author Barry Maitland also praised students for their efforts, commenting on the high standard of this year’s entries.
Eight students from across our region’s schools were recognised. Jasmine Parish from Tenambit public school received the highly commended award for Stage 2, while Emily Foreman, Bella Maystone, Madison McDonnell, Banjo Longworth and Hannah Elliott each received participation certificates. All entries are on display at East Maitland branch library.
One of our students met author Barry Maitland and shared her ambition of one day becoming an author.