Heather F Reid’s ecologically sound story wins The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019

Former winner Jo Withers of South Australia is runner-up

Heather F Reid

Heather F Reid

“I’d love to read something that opens my mind in some way,” said Kelly McCaughrain, Seamus Heaney Children’s Writing Fellow, of judging this year’s Caterpillar Story Prize run by The Caterpillar magazine. Heather F Reid’s €1,000-winning story, David McQueen’s Green Machine, certainly does that, slyly addressing environmental concerns about over-consumption and pollution through its invention of a marvellous green machine that sucks up all our waste and reintroduces extinct animals.

“I loved this charming piece,” McCaughrain said. “It works as a story and a poem and is a pleasure to read aloud. A cascade of delightful images, language and rhythm, as well as narrative and a relatable character, mean there’s something here for readers of every age.”

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