A BARRHEAD schoolboy proved he’s made of the write stuff when he received special recognition in a regional story writing competition.

Ross Macleod, a P6 pupil at Springhill and Auchenback Primary, was ‘highly commended’ in the Cosgrove Short Story event – which boasted more than 230 entries.

Sticking to a theme of ‘If I Could Travel in Time’, East Renfrewshire schoolchildren were asked to submit an entry of no more than 500 words.

Helena Winocour, competition organiser and judge, said: “The competition is now in its fourth year and we have seen hundreds of stories packed with creativity and imagination since it began.”

Pauline Boyce, Cosgrove’s head of operations, added: “Cosgrove works with children, young people, adults and families with a range of support needs, helping them to lead the life they choose.

“Supporting the people we work with to develop strong community connections and relationships is a key part of what we do, that is why the competition is so important to us, it’s about developing community connections.”

Children were given certificates by author Beatrice Colin during a ceremony at Waterstones in Newton Mearns.

Ms Colin said: “It was a huge honour to present the prizes for this year’s award. I was impressed and amused by the range of brilliant, hilarious and inventive stories and look forward to reading more from these talented young authors.”