After three years, the highly popular Hunterston Rotary Club Literary and Arts competition is to return in November.

All primary schools in the Three Towns and West Kilbride can look forward to the return of the popular Hunterston Rotary Club’s competition. The last such event was held in 2019.

From now until November 17 primary pupils will have the opportunity of entering one of three categories on the subject of a book chosen by their school.

The categories are:

Primary 1-3: A drawing depicting what the child remembers best about the book.

Primary 4-5: A drawing and a short account of what the child likes best about the book.

Primary 6-7: A review of the book.

Teachers will judge and select the best three in each category in their own school and these will be forwarded for judging by local North Ayrshire library staff.

Certificates will be awarded to all finalists in each category in each school. Also, a prize of £10 and a winner’s certificate will be awarded to the best entry in each category from each school.

Alex Blair, president of the Rotary Club of Hunterston and organiser of the literary and art competition, said: “Young people should, at the earliest of ages, be encourage to develop their knowledge and skills in literature and art.

"The participation of North Ayrshire primary schools has always been impressive and it has become a very popular competition within schools in our area and we are delighted to bring this high profile event back again.”

According to Mr Blair, this is a unique competition but it is not a competition between schools.

He explained: “Staff in each school select the best nine entries, three from each age group. These then go to the appropriate library to go on display until the prize giving. The final three winners in each school will be chosen by the library staff.

"Prizegivings have always been well attended by pupils, staff and family members and we are looking forward to the return of this event.”

Details of the prizegiving will be published soon.