Monday, 15 May 2017
Year 11 pupil Emily Graham has been awarded first place in The Portico Sadie Massey Award for Young Writers. The competition is run by The Portico Library in Manchester City Centre and this year pupils in Years 9 to 13 were asked to write an original narrative based on a person, place or event in the North of England in which the setting features strongly. Emily was encouraged to enter at the School’s Creative Writing Group.
Talking about her piece, which was titled ‘Bolton’, Emily said, “We had to write something about the north-west and I chose to write about my hometown, everything it makes me feel and stories I’ve experienced. It talks about exciting things that have happened in my life and how that correlates to how I feel about the town.”
Emily managed to fit all of this detail into just a page and a half to fit the word limit!
When asked how she felt when she found out she had won, Emily said, “It was shocking, because I didn’t think I would! I write a lot, so I get shortlisted a lot, but I didn’t think I’d win anything – but it’s a really nice feeling.”
‘Bolton’ will be published alongside other winning entries and stories by children’s authors in a book titled Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome. Emily has also been invited to the Award Ceremony on 29 June at The Portico Library in Manchester, where she will receive her prize: a certificate, book tokens and a copy of the published book. She will also have the opportunity to meet the judges, Melvin Burgess and Martin Griffin (who also writes as Fletcher Moss), and during the evening will enjoy a performance from Manchester poet Tony Walsh.
As part of the prize, the School will receive an Author’s Visit and a copy of Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome for the School Library.
This is The Portico Library’s second year running their Reading and Writing Awards for students in the Greater Manchester area. The next competition will start up in September. To find out more about these competitions and the library in general, click here.
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