Open to Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils at schools in Keighley, the competition’s aim was to inspire a love of writing in the town’s youngsters.
After a series of exciting workshops from Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager who captivated budding wordsmiths with rap and lyrical performances, pupils at Eastwood Primary School, Parkwood Primary School and University Academy
Keighley got scribbling about their pride for their town of Keighley.
The judging panel which was led by acclaimed Bradford based poet and novelist, Joolz Denby enjoyed reading the entries which vividly described Keighley’s many sights, sounds, smells and tastes, including its fascinating cultural diversity, its very own stunning
Worth Valley Steam Railway and distinctive terraced streets. Entries were commended for their passion, courage in tackling difficult topics with maturity and original imagery, as well as their driving beats and enthusiasm.
Joolz was joined by Jess Summers at First Story, a charity which supports creative-writing, Rachel Kelly at Reading Matters, a charity which provides one-to-one reading support and Rita Kumar, a primary school literacy specialist at Bradford Achievement
The winners, who will win a selection of books a stack of books and the chance to perform their pieces at the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s official launch event at the National Media Museum in October are:
Key Stage 2
Winner: Maryam Hayat, aged 11 entered competition when at Eastwood Primary, now at University Academy Keighley
Runner up: Anam Abdullah, aged 11, entered competition when at Eastwood Primary, now at University Academy Keighley
Commended: Husnain Khalid, aged 12 entered competition when at Eastwood Primary, now at University Academy Keighley
Key Stage 3
Winner: Zara Ahmed, aged 12 at University Academy Keighley
Runner-up: Zoya Ayman, aged 13 at University Keighley
Joolz has given her 3 Top Tips for creative writing which can be found on the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s website
For further information about the Bradford Literacy Campaign or the National Literacy Trust, please contact Jo Franks, Local Media and Campaigns Officer on 0207 820 6256 or at