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March 2023 winner – adults

In our March competition, we asked for stories featuring a guitar.

A guitar and sheet music book

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

Adult winner

Lynn Blair

Downstairs, there's shouting.

She places a cloth around the strings, deadening vibration so she can practise Rodrigo silently and late. The college audition is tomorrow. Her escape route and they don't even know.

A staccato smash.

It's a drum, she convinces, just percussion.

Her fingers work, work, take hopeful flight.

Gaelic winner

Margaret Dunn

Esan? Na shuidhe ann an oisean, a ghàirdean suas, a bheul fosgailte, balbh: frithir. Mise? Mì-chinnteach ’s eagalach, ach deiseil ceum teabadach a dhèanamh a-rithist.

Gach latha an aona duan, bidh sinn a’ coinneachadh a-nuadh. Agus, gu caomh, bidh sinn a’ taomadh ceòl a bheir solas do mo chridhe.

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Him? Sitting in a corner, his arm raised, his mouth open, mute: impatient.

Me? Unsure and timid, but ready to take a faltering step again.

Each day follows the same script, we meet anew. And, gently, we pour out music that brings light to my heart.