Education charity Never Such Innocence is inviting teachers, children and young people from across Scotland to attend an evening of commemoration through song, poetry and art at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 7 December.

Taking place between 6.30 and 8pm in the Castle’s Great hall, the event coincides with the charity’s 2017-18 poetry and art competition, which encourages young people to submit a piece of work inspired by World War One.

The event will offer free resources to help aspiring entrants with their submission, and those who have already penned their pieces will have the opportunity to read them out in front of VIP guests. All local schools, youth groups and families are warmly invited, with places issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those looking to enter the competition, the full rules can be found here. A range of educational resources are available on the Never Such Innocence website, along with previous winning entries.

The competition is open to children aged 9-16, and poems and songs can be written in any language. The closing date is Friday 16th March 2018, with prizes awarded at a special ceremony on Thursday 24 May 2018.

A range of cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and in partnership with RAF100, there will also be special bonus prizes for entries inspired by the ‘war in the skies’ to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918.

For more information about the competition or commemorative event at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 7 December, visit www.neversuchinnocence.com, email enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com or call 0207 836 2603.

Never Such Innocence 2017/18 competition launch at the Officer’s Mess at RAF Valley in Anglesey, November 2017