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August 2023 winners – adults

In our August competition, we asked for stories featuring a rucksack.

A canvas beige rucksack in the grass on a hillside

Congratulations to the winner of our August competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt.

Adult winner

Taria Karillion

“Time to leave base camp, Grandad.” Wiping the ice off his moustache, the climber squinted at the cloud-crowned summit. “You and your bucket list – I can't believe we’re doing this!” As he heaved at his rucksack, the dull, tinny rumble of the urn inside sounded uncannily like a chuckle.

Gaelic winner

Dougie Beck

A' fosgladh pòcaid fhalaichte an t-seann bhaga-dhroma, far an do stob mi uair, gun fhiosta dham phàrantan, dòrlach chalg-iubhair bhon chraoibh ann am Fartairchill, thaom aiste duslach mo chiad chuimhne agus sheatlaig mar an sneachd dà fhichead bliadhna de dhìomhaireachd air ùrlar a' chidsin, gam shaoradh bho eucoir m' òige.

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Opening a hidden pocket in the old rucksack, where I once stashed, unknown to my parents, a handful of yew needles from the tree in Fortingall, out poured the dust of my first memory and forty years of secrecy settled like snow on the kitchen floor, freeing me from the crime of my youth.