Last year, postmistress Denice Jaunzens challenged Montgomery residents to write about their experiences of living through lockdown, through creative writing, poetry or an essay. A writing competition was judged by Denice together with Barry Lord and Richard Eaves from the bookshop. Each winner was awarded a cash prize and a book token, sponsored by Montgomery Post Office and Eaves & Lord bookshop.
The winner of the junior entry was Ciaran Taylor, who was commended by organiser Denice for his superb efforts. Ciaran is well-known to Montgomery residents as he regularly volunteers at public events; for this work, he was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of Montgomery, of which he is very proud. A former student at Bishops Castle Community College, Ciaran, aged 16, is now studying Sports and Public Services at Newtown College, and he hopes to continue a career in public service by joining the Fire Service.
The adult winners were Cyndy Humphreys for poetry, and Charlie Vaughan Jones for the best essay. The prose award winner wished to remain anonymous, and asked that their cash prize be donated to the local food bank.
Denice said, “We were thrilled with the quality of the writing, and it was a very difficult task for us to choose just one winner in each category.”
All the stories will be made available to read on the Montgomery Wales website shortly.