Press Release: 7th May 2020


At the beginning of the year, when Montgomeryshire Literary Festival was still scheduled to take place in 2020, a competition was launched for children to design a bookmark. The Monty Lit Fest committee is delighted to announce that the winner is Woody Jones, aged 10, who is a pupil at Montgomery Church in Wales Primary School.

The competition was open to all children under the age of 12, who were asked to design a bookmark depicting their love of books. 27 entries were received, including designs in pencil, felt tip, crayon, paint and computer-generated graphics. The wonderful creations were judged online by the sponsors of the festival including Eaves & Lord Bookshop, Field Mouse Research, Halls, Harrisons, Montgomery Vineyard and Walkers are Welcome Montgomery.

Due to the high standard of entries, there was a close spread of votes over the top five designs, so it was necessary to turn to Monty Lit Fest authors for a second round of selection. 12 out of the 21 confirmed festival writers happily became involved and Woody’s design was chosen as the winner. Woody loves doodles and his bookmark reflects this with a striking black and white design. It will be reproduced as printed bookmarks, to promote the Literary Festival which will now take place in Montgomery from 11-13th June, 2021. Woody also won a personalised book bag, donated by The Clever Baggers, and a signed book by children’s author Debi Evans, in addition to some other prizes.

The close runners-up were Sicily Dickinson in second place and Daisy Evans in third, who also received book bags and books. It is planned that all 27 entries will be displayed at the festival next year and as many of the judges commented, the entries were all so marvellous, it’s a shame there couldn’t be more than one winner. The Monty Lit Fest committee would like to thank everyone who entered, the judges and those who donated prizes for this competition and are looking forward to seeing the winning design reproduced as a bookmark next year, with particular thanks and congratulations to Woody.

Left to Right: Woody, Winner of the Competition; Sicily and Daisy, Runners Up
Three cotton bags, personalised with attractive design, stuffed full of literary goodies.
Personalised Goody Bags presented to the Winner and Runners Up.

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