Calling All Budding Young Writers of West Swindon!


BT and Barclays give budding young authors in West Swindon the chance to co-write a new book with best-selling author of Darkmouth, Shane Hegarty

As part of the BT and Barclays Wi-Fi in our community programme, West Swindon Library is one of a selection of regional sites across England participating in a creative writing competition for budding young authors. Aspiring writers in each of the sites, with support from local Barclays Digital Eagles, will be invited to contribute a chapter for a brand new story by Shane Hegarty, author of the hugely popular Darkmouth series, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. One chapter from each area will go on to be featured in the online final book.

Shane Hegarty has set the scene with a gripping first chapter, set in the Darkmouth universe, which sees our heroes, Emily and Damian, set-off on a whirlwind adventure across the country in pursuit of a mythical monster.

The competition is a chance for youngsters in West Swindon, under the age of 18, to make use of the free BT and Barclays Wi-Fi to continue the story, writing a 500-word chapter about Emily and Damian’s monster-hunting exploits in their local area. Entrants are encouraged to use the internet as a resource for their research and inspiration whilst writing their submission.

The competition is open now until the end of November 2016

You can pick up the first chapter and the entry form from West Swindon Library

You can find out more about the national competition via the BT website here

Please contact West Swindon Library, 01793 465555 for further local information.