Stories have been created and told at Raby for centuries and through the ages our magnificent Castle has been home and host to families and friends, knights and politicians, plotters and pacifists and artists and influencers.

During lockdown we invited our 21st Century visitors to use their imagination to create their own stories, inspired by the grand fortification that has been part of the local landscape for almost 1000 years.

Our staff and volunteers have been overwhelmed by the talent and creativity of all those who entered. We have been fascinated by the intriguing tales and mysteries that have been submitted and have enjoyed reading every single one.

Judging so many excellent entries was no easy task and we would like to congratulate everyone who took part.

The top three entries in each category have been published on our website and you can read their short stories by clicking the links below.

Thank you to everyone who took part and well done to our winners!

Raby Short Story Competition Winners 2020

Age 18 and over Category


The Painting by Stephen Murphy

Runners up

Invisible Hands by Laura Burdon

Brew Me A Dream by Bridget Lowery

Age 12-17 Category


Hunted by Bella Deacon

Runners up

Dinner With A Song Thrush by Jessica Bellas Carter

The Lost Girl by Amber Nair

Age 7-11 Category


Grandiflax of Raby Castle by Georgina Ellis

Runners up

The Dragon Egg by Eve Wake

The Ghost of Raby Castle by Pippa McGonigal

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