Creative art and writing competition for Year 9 pupils

To be completed by: Fri 28 Jun 2019

Time: -Fri 28 Jun 2019 | Venue:

A collaborative project between Saltaire Stories and Leeds Beckett University about the unsung heroes of Bradford City Fire, 1985.

The charitable organisation Saltaire Stories is working alongside Leeds Beckett University on a project about the unsung heroes of Bradford City Fire, 1985.

On Monday 1st July, a competition opens for Year 9 students across Bradford. The winners of the competition will have the opportunity to work with a published graphic novelist, to create the graphic story of Bradford City Fire 1985: Tales of Heroism, Community and Resilience.  The finished story will then be published and used within schools and with young people, across the UK.

To enter, Year 9 students must create a piece of artwork or creative writing, which is inspired by any of the following extracts from the stories:

'the flames hit me across the back of my head'. 'I never even thought about running... I don't regret that, not at all.  That's the price of my injuries.'

'I wasn't frightened at the time and just carried on trying to do what I could.'

'We gave as much as we could.  Water, blankets, towels'.

One police officer knocked on Rizwan's door.  The officer's hair had caught fire and came into Rizwan's house, to put water on his head.

'like a wartime situation in that they all have similar injuries which all occurred at the same time.'

The closing date for the competition is Friday 19th July.  Winners will announced in September 2019.

Students work must be emailed (with students' names and schools clearly stated) to:

Any questions contact Rachel Wood at or Dr Shane Ewen at

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Published: 24/06/2019
Audience: Secondary Schools
Contact: Rachel Wood

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