NI Tourism announces winners of Young Travel Writer Of The Year competition

NI Tourism young travel writers competition winners Maya O’Hagan, Euan McCaughey, Umar Muhammad and Michael Tomek

TOURISM NI has announced the winners of its Young Travel Writers competition which celebrated the wealth of young creative talent across Northern Ireland.

Category winners in the competition, which was open to budding writers and film-makers from six to 16, were Maya O’Hagan (P5-P7), from Swatragh; Kilkeel High School pupils Euan McCaughey (Year 8-10) and Emma Gillespie (GCSE group); Michael Tomek (video), from Belfast and Umar Muhammad who, as well as winning the P3-P4 category was named overall Young Travel Writer 2018.

Each category winner won a GoPro Hero 5 while Umar also received an exclusive weekend break at Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House in Co Antrim with his family.

Seven-year-old Umar’s entry, printed here, tells of his adventures on Belfast's Titanic Trail, starting at the Salmon of Knowledge on Donegall Quay.

Illustrator, children’s author and competition judge Gemma O'Neill said: “The trail that Umar took sounded like a lot of fun and he's done very well to structure all the lovely places and things he saw into the piece of writing. 

“His piece has a strong beginning, middle and end. It's very descriptive and the personal tone brings an extra depth to it."

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And the winner is...

Belfast Maritime Trail is a cycling trail that starts on the Clarendon Docks and goes all the way to the Titanic Belfast.

We went past by an old anchor, a propeller, Sammy the Seal and the Big Fish sculptures. Big Fish is made out of lots of blue tiles with many stories and pictures. It was fun riding my bike all the way up the slope.

I cycled over the long foot bridge overlooking the Belfast Lough, passing by lovely trees with autumnal leaves falling down. We went to the Nomadic and learnt about dry dock.

Belfast Titanic Building is very modern. In front of it, there was a giant metal plate with the word ‘TITANIC’ in it. It was fun running through the letters.

I saw the two giant ship building cranes called Samson and Goliath. It was great exploring the Belfast Maritime history on my bike!

:: Written and illustrated by seven-year old P4 pupil Umar Muhammad, from Carrickfergus.

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