Primary schools competition

Children's creative writing competition

Hansel and Gretel in the forest

Children from all over Scotland have used their imagination to breathe new life into one of the world's best known fairy tales.

Hundreds of children entered the writing and drawing competition organised by the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Ballet to explore what the Hansel and Gretel story means to them.

The results will help to inspire Scottish Ballet's new production of Hansel and Gretel which will be premiered later this year.


The winners

The competition was open to all pupils in primary 3-7 across Scotland and four have been chosen as the overall winners. They are:

  • Luke Grieve of Salen Primary School and Joy Drummond of Linlithgow Primary School, who won the P3-P5 category
  • Lily Hargreaves of Salen Primary School and Sinead Moran of Rockfield Primary School, who won the P6-P7 category.


Creative abilities demonstrated

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Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet and NLS ran a programme of dance and storytelling workshops in 12 primary schools across Scotland during autumn 2012 as part of this project.

They have been delighted with the response to the competition which has ably demonstrated the creative abilities of children across Scotland.


'Goodies' for the winners

All the winners will receive:

  • A family ticket to a performance of the Scottish Ballet production of 'Hansel and Gretel' during winter 2013/14 — available performances will be in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness.
  • A unique opportunity to meet some of the dancers appearing in the production and to see behind the scenes at Scottish Ballet HQ in Glasgow
  • Scottish Ballet / National Library of Scotland goody bag
  • An illustrated edition of Grimm's fairy tales for the winner's school
  • An edition of 'Hansel and Gretel'.

Learning materials

For Scottish schools, NLS has also developed learning materials on fairy tales based on items in its collections. The learning resource has been created for teachers to work with children to inspire writing, storytelling, drama and art work.


Hansel and Gretel competitions page


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