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AS part of the WWI Centenary celebrations, St Helens Libraries will be asking children and young people to get involved and transport themselves back to the start of the First World War as part of a new Creative Writing Competition.

Young people will be asked to write a story, poem, letter or diary entry, imagining that they live in St Helens in 1914 at the start of the First World War.

They should write about how they feel hearing about the war, how it will affect them and how they are going to support the war effort. Perhaps they wish to write from the point of view of a young man about to volunteer to join up, a nurse working in hospital who might want to tend the wounded, a coalminer working down the pit or a factory or farm worker.

You must be aged between 7-16 years old to take part.

Entries must be no more than 500 words or 40 lines in length for a poem. Entry flyers are available from all libraries and can be downloaded from St Helens Council’s website.

Winners will receive a £35 book token and £75 worth of books for their school. Runners up will also receive book tokens and books for their schools at a celebration event at Chester Lane Library in March 2015.

This year’s competition is supported by West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and Newton Rotary Club.

Entries can be submitted via email to kathrynboothroyd@sthelens.gov.uk or handed in to any St Helens Library.

Deadline for entries 11th February 2015.

To find out more information about this competition please call 01744 677486 or visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries