Penarth pupil reaches finals of Rugby Stories competition


7 October 2015

Sophie Featherstone a pupil at Penarth’s Evenlode Primary School has was won third prize in a national rugby short stories competition.




The Rugby Stories competition, jointly run by the libraries and museums in Wales in partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union to help celebrate the Rugby World Cup received over 500 submissions from children across Wales – making Sophie Featherstone’s achievement all the more remarkable.

The Penarth pupil was among children from schools across Wales who had the opportunity to meet and work with poets, authors, artist and rugby players as part of the short stories competition. 

Sophie wrote her story after her class from Evenlode School attended a workshop with author, Dan Anthony at Penarth Library. Her story will be displayed along with the other finalists in the Kick-offs and Keep-sakes display at National Museum Cardiff. It will also be on display at Barry Library along with a number of other entries from the Vale.

First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones officially launched the Kick-offs and Keep-sakes display at National Museum Cardiff on16 September 2015 and announced the winners of the Rugby Stories competition, a national bilingual competition for young people, based on the theme of rugby and linked to a piece of creative writing or digital storytelling.

Rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.