A pupil at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, celebrates after winning a top literary prize at the Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers & Writers.
Year 9 student Precious took home the win with Outstanding Creative Writing in the Key Stage 3 category. The awards will be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony at the historic Portico Library in Manchester.
The Portico Sadie Massey Prizes for Young Readers and Writers aim to encourage a lifelong love of reading and celebrate the North West of England through its talented young writers.
Hallie Fletcher, writing judge, commented: “I would like to say it was very difficult to choose because the talent was unreal, each story was diverse and really captivated me. We have a strong set of future writers, I would love to read all of their novels one day in Waterstones and other bookstores. I feel incredibly proud to have been a part of that.”
Hallie then commented on the story of Precious: “Wow, one word. Powerful. I imagined it was a TV series or better yet, a novel. The writer really explored some serious themes, and I think that should be read by all young people or even made into a short film Based in North Manchester it explores themes of friendship, knife crime and death A very well written play with an important message and conclusion heartbreaking.
I really, really enjoyed the raw darkness of this novella. It captures the brutality of rampant knife crime. As impactful as the story was, I think it was extremely moving and captivating.”
“We are delighted with the success of Precious with its story, Love = Hate,” commented Mr. Nathan Mallon, English teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was a creative, imaginative and beautifully written text. It is a great honor for Precious and at the same time it is a fantastic way to improve literacy, develop writing skills and broaden the range of reading.”
“In class, we considered the criteria of a good story, taking into account perception, imagination and creativity, as well as expression, originality and the use of language. Precious took those ideas and created a stunning piece of work!”
“We are delighted with Precious’s success in this competition and proud of her talent for writing. As an English Department, we work hard to foster a rich community of literary and creative writers,” explained Mr Jamie Sharrock, English teacher and literacy leader. “Precious” produced some truly impressive and descriptive writing and she deserves to be proud of herself for beating some tough competition. Well done, Precious! »
Mr. Mike Whiteside, Deputy Director, said: “Receiving such a fine accolade was incredible for Precious, she was truly inspired by her award. Precious is well aware of the magic of reading and creative writing and was able to convey that love of the language in its award-winning story.”
“We are all very proud of Precious and look forward to reading more of her work. As a school, we are committed to inspiring our students with a love of books and writing.”
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