The judges have now announced the results of our writing competition, in which we asked young people in Tetbury and the surrounding area to send us their stories, poems or essays inspired by the question/exclamation ‘What on Earth?!”.
We had a very good selection of entries on the topic – especially from the 8-12 group – and the title meant you could write on anything which took your fancy from the climate crisis to the war in Ukraine.
The winner in the 8-12 group was “Fireflies” by Noah David from Upper Minety
In the 13-16 group, the judges couldn’t decide on an overall winner so there are two highly commendeds. They are “Attack on Tetbury” by Jack Carter from Tetbury and “The man no-one wants to be” by Stella Noble, also from Tetbury.
Congratulations to the three of them. The formal prize giving of a £20 book token to spend in the Yellow Lighted Bookshop, and two £10 book tokens for the two highly commendeds will be awarded at a ceremony on June 4th at The Goods Shed coinciding with the official opening of the recently-installed signal box.
A big thank you to everyone who took part! And to our hard-working judges: Christine Berry, who is a Goods Shed Trustee and former teacher and has been one of the selectors for the BBC Young Writers Award; Phil Kirby, who runs our writers’ group at the Goods Shed, and Annie Hooper, author and journalist.