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Last updated: 11.07am, Monday 29th April 2013 by

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we are holding a short story competition.

Are you a first year student in an Ayrshire school? Would you like to win a Kindle and personal work shop with award winning children's author Lari Don? All you have to do is write 500 words on the theme of 'overcoming' - so sharpen your pencils and let your imagination go! The closing date is 15th June and entries should be submitted via your school. Your English teacher will have all the details or ask them to contact Sheila McLean on 01563 831428. The competition was the idea of Jenny Inglis, an English teacher at Ayr Academy and fits very well with our aim of involving younger people and raising their awareness of Hansel and issues being faced by people living with learning disabilities. Many of the people we work for have overcome huge hurdles in their lives and we hope the competition will get youngsters thinking about how people cope with the challenges life throws at them. Lari Don, who was born in Chile but moved to Scotland as a child, is the award winning author of 14 children’s books including the First Aid for Fairies Series, Never Trust a Tiger and Drawing A Veil. You can find out more about her work at and her blog is a must-read for all budding writers. Lari will judge the competition along with Caron McPherson from Waterstones in Ayr and Blanche Nicolson, our Director of Client Services. Lari said, “I was delighted to be asked to judge this exciting competition. I always enjoy reading young writers’ stories so I’m looking forward to seeing what first year pupils will do with this challenging theme. I’m also looking forward to visiting the winner’s school to chat about writing and to share my passion for stories. I think that writing a short story which focuses on overcoming is a great way to get young people thinking about the challenges faced by other people.” The competition was launched on our first dedicated Hansel Day, 26th April. This will be an annual event, a day to recognise and reflect on the achievements of the people we work for and to raise awareness of the issues faced, and overcome, by people with learning disabilities.