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Celebrate Shakespeare in Skelmersdale

The challenge is on for children in Skelmersdale to write a masterpiece inspired by poet and playwright William Shakespeare over the summer holiday.

This is to recognise the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and is being run by the Friends of Skelmersdale Library.

The competition runs until 5pm on Tuesday 16 August.

Children taking part need to either write a story, or a poem, that is inspired by William Shakespeare. Entries could take the form of a new version of a play, or even a fictional story about his childhood.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said:” This is a chance for children in Skelmersdale to show their creativity and have a go at this challenge.

“What children submit is really up to them. It is a chance for them to be creative and let their imagination flow.”

The competition has two different entry categories:

• Four to seven years of age
• Eight to twelve years of age

A prize will be awarded for each of the two categories.

It will be judged by the Friends of Skelmersdale Library and library staff.

Entry forms to take part in the competition can be picked up from Skelmersdale Library on Southway.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

More information about the Friends of Skelmersdale Library is available at @foslfriends.

Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.

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