Slough Writers have given the top award in their annual competition to veteran member Mike Pearcy again.

The writers are a group of enthusiasts who all live in or around Slough and meet every week at the Palmer Arms in Dorney at 7.30pm on Monday nights.

It is is the fourth year running Mr Pearcy has won their competition.

He lives in Burnham and his article Hunger in the Shadows about food banks in the UK was a clear winner with his colleagues.

The theme of the competition was ‘the world we’re living in today’.

Two articles were awarded second place – Robert Kibble’s The Chains Of Convenience and Edward Harte’s You’ve Never Had It So Good.

Mr Pearcy was both delighted and embarrassed to have won the competition four times in a row. Last year, he even ran an evening on ‘how to write a winning article’ for the group.

The competition was judged by all nine entrants, each one writing a short review of the other entries before ranking them from first to eighth place.

Adjudicator William Campbell was keen to point out that the value of entrant-judged competitions isn’t necessarily in the ranking but in the writing of the article, the reviewing of others’ work and the assimilation of feedback on one’s own work.

The writers tackled a wide range of subjects, including technology, psychology, religion and education.