Annette Schwalbe scribing outside Hunting Raven

The challenge was to create a story or poem in 4 hours, inspired by a previously unknown line, working in full view of curious passers-by in Frome town centre shops and cafés.
Fourteen writers stepped up to the challenge, and we at Hunting Raven were delighted to host Annette Schwalbe to be our writer in residence.
The must-include line was “I wondered if the magic was still there”.   The answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’ 

The results were announced on Tuesday 20th July at a prize-giving evening held at the Garden Café.  The entrants attended, along with an appreciative audience, to hear all the entries read aloud, hear the judges comments and see prizes awarded.  Selecting winners, said judge Tracy Wall, was both a privilege and a problem, as with so many enjoyable entries it was almost impossible to pick just four.

The final selection was based on enjoyment for different reasons:

Highly commended:
Joan Saunders’ “Short Radio Drama” featuring three chickens. 
Joan was writing at Flowers on the Hill.

3rd prize:
“Once Again” by Annette Schwalbe.  A beautiful and evocative story of the book worm, inspired by her 
place at Hunting Raven bookshop.

2nd prize:
“Wholefood Summer” by Val Hewitt. Val’s villanelle was based on her observations while
writing at Frome Wholefoods.

1st prize:
“Wool Gathering” by Jackie Eliot. This location of Marmalade Yarns inspired
a gripping story showing knitting ‘in a new light.’

The organisers of this Festival favourite were Sue Watts & Mike Witt of Words @ Frome.
Congratulations to all the writers who participated in this event, and thanks to the shops, cafes and other venues hosting the writers, another highly successful festival event took place – making the tenth Frome festival really memorable!!