Photo above: L to R: Cramahe Township Mayor Marc Coombs, Lila Cappelletti, Cramahe Public Library CEO Mary Norton, Author Jane Urquhart

Castleton Youth Awarded 2017 Vandermeer Toyota Poetry Prize

L to R: Cramahe Township Mayor Marc Coombs, Author Jane Urquhart, Cramahe Public Library CEO Mary Norton

Among the aspiring writers receiving awards on Friday, August 4th was Lila Sundari Cappelletti of Castleton.  The 2017 Vandermeer Toyota Poetry Prize was presented at the Cramahe 225 and Canada 150 opening ceremony celebrations at the Keeler Centre in Colborne by internationally renowned author Jane Urquhart, who is a resident of Colborne.

Poetry Short Story – 3rd Place Winner – Carolyn Campbell

Poetry Short Story Winner 1st Place – Joyce Murray

L to R: Poetry Short Story Competition – Open Category – Cramahe Township Mayor Marc Coombs, 2nd Place Winner – Madison Walsh (accepted by Tucker Walsh), Cramahe Public Library CEO Mary Norton, 1st Place Winner – Joyce Murray, 3rd Place Winner – Carolyn Campbell, Author- Jane Urquhart

The annual poetry competition was created by Cramahe Public Library CEO Mary Norton in 2010. Students and residents of  Cramahe Township enter the competition in one  three categories. This year the folks at Cobourg’s Vandermeer Toyota chipped in to create a special the prize for the competition. Mary Norton hopes that 2018’s competition will build off the momentum of this years competition and our local schools in Cramahe Township will work to encourage students to pick up a pen, pencil, or keyboard and enter the competition.

L to R: Poetry Short Story Competition – Junior Category – 1st Place Winner – Clayton Bowlby, 3rd Place Winner – Tucker Walsh, Cramahe Public Library CEO Mary Norton, Cramahe Township Mayor Marc Coombs, Author- Jane Urquhart, Front: 2nd Place Winner – Mia Hatt

3rd Place Winner – Tucker Walsh

2nd Place Winner – Mia Hatt

1st Place Winner – Clayton Bowlby