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Lincoln Book Festival LogoThe University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University have teamed up with Lincoln Book Festival Trust to launch the first ever Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition this year.

The competition is open to writers of all ages and the deadline for entries is Friday 30th June 2017.

We're looking for short stories of exactly 50 words in the Gothic genre. That could be stories of monsters, magic, mystery or romance - or a mixture of all of the above!

Please read the letter below, sent on behalf of Lincoln Book Festival Trust, with more details on the competition, along with an entry form and the terms and conditions.

small pdf icon Letter - Lincoln-Book-Festival-Flash-Fiction-Competition-2017.pdf

small pdf icon Entry Form - Lincoln-Book-Festival-Flash-Fiction-Competition.pdf

small pdf icon Terms and Conditions---Lincoln-Book-Festival-Flash-Fiction-Competition.pdf

On Friday 3rd February I had an extremely exciting day. I met and presented a demonstration to Princesses Anne, the Queen’s daughter. She is very knowledgeable and has competed at the Olympics (eventing discipline) so she knew what she was talking about.  

My friend Evie and I are both members of Lincolnshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled group. We were picked to be part of the demonstration because we are both RDA national show jumping champions! Our routine was based around Ricky (my horse) and Breeze (Evie’s horse) liking each other so it was good that they did. There were lots of times when we crossed over and jumped jumps at the same time.

show jumping demonstration

When we had finished riding, we all got to meet Princess Anne. She was very bubbly and chatty. She liked my pony, Ricky, a lot and thought our demonstration was amazing too.

It was a really memorable day and I loved every moment of it!

Knitting for charityOver the period of a couple of weeks, students, staff and the wider QEGS community gave up their time and talent to produce over 70 knitted squares which have been sent to the Animal Health Trust. This was in a response to an appeal for squares that could then be made into 'MRI jumpers', to keep dogs warm and comfortable while under anaesthetic or undergoing scans. Students from a range of different year groups, many of whom had never knitted before, gave up their lunchtimes to add rows to the total and thanks also go to the various staff members who came along to give extra tuition and pick up the occasional dropped stitch! The sessions provided a pleasant opportunity to chat sociably and find a moment of calm in the often hectic school day. The activity even proved popular among the wider QEGS community, and special thanks must go to Mrs Bealby's mum and Miss Macdonald's mum, whose red-hot knitting needles really helped to swell our total!
We are now looking to continue our charity knitting endeavours and hope to support projects like the Innocent Big Knit and Knit for Peace. While we have a small stash of yarn and knitting needles to keep us going, we would be very grateful for any donations of leftover yarn or knitting/crochet equipment that is no longer needed, so that our novice knitters can continue to develop their talents. If you are able to help in this way, please contact Miss Macdonald. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the winners of the Willoughby Memorial Trust's Lincolnshire School PoetryCompetition

Once again I would like to take the time to thank the pupils in your school who entered the Willoughby Memorial Trust’s Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition.  The Presentation Evening was held at the Willoughby Memorial Gallery in Corby Glen last Friday and I attach a photograph of the event which I thought you might like to see.  You may recognise one of your pupils there although a couple of prize winners were not able to attend the evening.  Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the Chairman of the Trust, is pictured on the left and Camilla McLean, Stamford Poet Laureate and judge is pictured on the right.  This photograph along with the winning poems will be placed on the Willoughby Memorial Gallery’s website shortly, www.willoughbygallery.com.

We are already looking forward to the competition in 2017 and the theme will be ‘Freedom’!!

Helen Langman

Run Tapper App for AndroidTom Poucher has made a new game app for Android called Run Tapper. Tom is a former QEGS student, currently studying Games Computing at Lincoln University. Tom made the game independently over a period of three months.

To read an interview, please visit this page: http://lincolnshire.press/content/run-tapper-a-new-app-by-lincolnshire-based-student-tom-poucher/

Run Tapper is a fully free android game that lets the player teleport past obstacles to get to the end of the level as fast as possible. The game features randomly generated levels, a level editor, character customisation, achievements and leaderboards.

To visit the Store Page click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.TomPoucherGames.RunTapper