#PenShopArt2015 – The Winning Entries

We’ve been overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of entries that we received into our art competition. We set a theme of “Talking is for now, writing is forever” and asked for pen and paper interpretations of it. The diversity of ideas was astounding and it was amazing to see the creativity and thought given to each entry.


With the high standard of entries it proved incredibly difficult to decide on the top design from each category, but after much deliberation we can finally announce the winners!

Winner – Over 16’s

Tony Brady

Tony Brady over 16 WINNER

Tony really captured the essence of what it means to put thoughts to writing. For his outstanding artwork, Tony wins our Over 16’s prize bundle.

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1. Kingsley A5 Notepad – Blue, 2. Kingsley A6 Notepad – Blue, 3. Kingsley Slip Case – Blue, 4. Faber-Castell Design Pocket Twist Ball Pen Silver, 5. Sheaffer 300 Black Chrome Trim Ballpen and Pencil Set, 6. Ted Baker Travel Document Holder Coral, 7. Ted Baker Brown Leather Mens Pen

Winner – 11-16’s


Adeen 11to16 WINNER

A really expressive piece from Adeen which stood out by evoking memories of sketching away in the back of a school exercise book. Definitely worthy of our 11-16’s prize bundle.

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1. Kingsley A5 Notepad – Red, 2. Kingsley A6 Notepad – Red, 3. Kingsley Slip Case – Red, 4. Faber-Castell Design Pocket Twist Ball Pen Orange, 5. Cross Century Chrome Ballpen, 6. Dex Compact Clear Fountain Pen, 7. Ted Baker Brogue Wallet with Pen, 8. Ted Baker Lemon Yellow Brogue Notebook

Winner – Under 11’s


April under 11 WINNER

April’s picture was chosen as the winner in this hard-fought category partly because of the interpretation of the theme, partly because of the aspiration of the character and partly because of the cute cat. Hopefully April can carry on with her drawing and writing as the winner of our Under 11’s bundle.

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1. Kingsley A5 Notepad – Yellow, 2. Kingsley A6 Notepad – Yellow, 3. Kingsley Slip Case – Yellow, 4. Faber Castell Felt tips, 5. Lamy Safari Red Fountain Pen, 6. Dex Compact Smooth Fountain Pen, 7. Dex Compact Smooth Inkliner, 8. Ted Baker Touchscreen Pen Lemon, 9. Ted Baker Mini Notebook Opulent Bloom

We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone that entered the competition. You really got into the spirit of National Stationery Week and every single artwork was appreciated. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@ThePenShop) for more activities and prize opportunities in the future!

Special Event at our Leeds Trinity Store

Our Leeds Store is hosting a special weeklong event at the Trinity Centre. For one week only they will be showcasing some of our top brands in a special customised unit near the main ground floor entrance to the Trinity Centre.

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Each day our unit will feature representatives from the bestselling writing instrument brands, demonstrating their pens and unveiling new products. Leeds customers are invited to attend these events and receive special exclusive Pen Shop offers.

Brand Event Guide for the Week

  • Monday 4th May: Kingsley and Dex
  • Tuesday 5th May: Cross
  • Wednesday 6th May: Parker and Waterman
  • Thursday 7th May: Fisher Space Pens
  • Friday 8th May: Lamy
  • Saturday/Sunday 9/10th May: Special Offers

We look forward to seeing you at our Leeds Trinity events this week.

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Disclaimer: If you have any further questions please contact our Leeds store directly, please note the store itself shall be open all week at normal opening hours.

Telephone: 01133223149
Email: Leeds.Trinity@penshop.co.uk

#PenShopPoem – Amazing result

During National Stationery Week 2015 we asked our Twitter followers to help us write a poem by coming up with a next line each day. Expectations were high, but undoubtedly exceeded; we never knew that the resulting poem would be so good! It was especially nice that so many of the entries were handwritten.



Talking is for now, writing is forever.
A word is a vow to a printed endeavour.
An inky embodiment drawn to a page,
That entices your mind, to think and engage.
Put emotions to thoughts and thoughts to words,
Mightier than any sword, to get yourself heard.
Simple words with great meaning,
Where life starts and life ends.
On a page, words say “I love you”,
All from the ink of a pen

Thanks to everybody who joined in on the fun. Even if your line of poetry didn’t make the final poem you can be sure that it was appreciated and inspiring!