Kirsty’s sheep takes top spot in book fest competition

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Twelve-year-old Kirsty Martin has won the Write Highland Hoolie art competition with her beautiful painting of a Blackface sheep.

Since it began in 2016, the Mallaig book festival, A Write Highland Hoolie, holds an art competition for students of Mallaig High School.

Kirsty, from Morar, was the overall winner of the competition that asked entrants to design an alternative cover for cookery writer Sue Lawrence’s new book, A Taste of Scotland’s Islands, and was judged by Mrs Lawrence.

The winners of the three age groups were Kirsty, who was in S1 when the competition opened, Zach Leven, from Arisaig, in S2, and Grace MacDonald, from Morar, in S3.

Polly Pullar, chairwoman and founder of the book festival, said: ‘We were delighted with the high standard of this year’s entries, but Sue Lawrence had no doubt as to the outright winner.’

Kirsty’s painting appears on the back page of the 2019 Write Highland Hoolie programme, and there will be an exhibition of all the entries as part of the festival.

Mrs Lawrence will be appearing at this year’s Hoolie, which runs this year from Friday to Sunday, November 8 to 10, in the West Highland Hotel in Mallaig. Attendees will be able to have afternoon tea with the writer as she talks about her books.

Programmes are available at The Highland Bookshop in Fort William and will soon be available in local libraries.