Scottish Friendly have sponsored the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour for the past 15 years. In conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust they have brought top UK and international children’s authors to schools and libraries across the country.
The thing is actually a proper championship with a leaderboard and everything, so you are in competition with real life people, As the person who used to read an old 1950’s dictionary for fun during my teenage years, I can’t really see a reason why I shouldn’t win at this. I just need to put the hours in…
Lucky Nichola Leaver, age 20, has been named the country’s leading word smith after winning the Letterfall online word competition.
Nichola competed in the ‘Letterfall Championship 2014’ (a popular online, Scrabble®-inspired word game), run by ISA provider Scottish Friendly, along with hundreds of other people from all over the country.
The competition ran over two months with Ms Leaver, who hails from Wrexham and studies in Chester, winning the regional championship for Wales. In the UK Final she finished the tournament in top spot having used words such as ‘quivered’, ‘cuticles’ and ‘flounder’ to arrive at an impressive score of 62,414 – more than 13,000 points clear of her nearest rival. As a keen word game player, I must say getting the letters for and working out something as long as quivered is particularly impressive.
Ms Leaver commented: “I’ve always loved word games but to be honest, I never thought I was going to win. Letterfall is an easy game to play, but when the pressure is on, especially when you are closing in on the top score, it did get a little nerve-racking.”
Fingers crossed I do better in the 2015 competition.