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We’re running a writing competition for Liverpool Literary Festival

Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors are supporting this year’s Liverpool Literary Festival and helping to get books for schools by running our very own writing competition for local primary and secondary school pupils.

The theme of our competition is In Other Words and we will be accepting any original creative writing as long as the phrase “in other words” is used somewhere within. There’s a 250 word limit for primary school pupils and a 500 word limit for secondary school pupils. The winner in each category will receive an Amazon Kindle e-book reader and a selection of great books to boost their school’s library.


To help us pick the best entry, Liverpool Echo feature writer and columnist Jade Wright, and local writer Michelle Langan will be judging entries once the competition closes.


We’ll be accepting entries between 23rd April and 10th May. Winners will be announced on Friday 17th May.


This year’s Liverpool Literary Festival marks the re-opening of the Grade II* Listed Central Library after a £50 million redevelopment.


The winning creative writing entries and a selection of other entries from our “In Other Words” competition will be on display in the library as part of the opening celebrations between 24th June and 22nd July. There will also be a reading of the winning entries "In Spoken Words" in the new children’s library, Discover, within the Central Library on Tuesday 28th May.


In Other Words – our competition judges


Jade Wright


As feature writer and columnist for the Liverpool Echo, Jade is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience working in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online.


Jade writes about a range of subjects, specialising in entertainment, food and drink and environmental issues. She also writes a weekly opinion column every Saturday in the Echo.


Michelle Langan


Local author Michelle kicked off her writing career in London, working at various magazines including J17, Smash Hits, TV Hits, Mizz, Bliss and NME, as well as the websites for The Big Breakfast and Graham Norton. From interviewing celebs to digging out real life stories, things were never dull, but, feeling she had her own stories to share, Michelle packed up and left London, returning to Liverpool to complete a Masters Degree in script writing.


Michelle has written story-lines for Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, and is currently working on her own scripts, including a sitcom based in Liverpool. During the Liverpool Literary Festival, as well as judging our competition, Michelle will be staging a preview of her new play Shoebox, a musical set in 1950’s Liverpool, at the city’s Bluecoat Arts Centre on 6th June at 7:30pm.


In Other Words – the Liverpool Literary Festival


Celebrating all things connected with the written and spoken word, Liverpool is the place to be this April and May as the city plays host to In Other Words. From famous author readings, book swaps, special storytelling events, debates, poetry competitions and performances in unique venues this will be literary festival like no other.


At the heart of this month long festival will be Liverpool’s Central Library, which once again opens its doors following intricate restoration. With historic treasures, state of-the-art facilities and a new café to relax in there is something for everyone.


On top of all of this and coinciding with Central Library’s re-opening is this year’s Light Night, the city’s one-night arts and culture festival which sees venues across Liverpool open from 4pm to late so visitors can make the most of the gems on their doorsteps.


With a wealth of things to see and do, expect the unexpected!