FREE virtual school author visits, books and creative writing competition

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Bradford Stories has launched an exciting creative writing competition based on the theme of ‘Connections’. The competition is open to primary and secondary pupils, with opportunities for entrants to have their work published in an anthology, exhibited in local cultural venues and receive books.

With the support of Harper Collins and authors Konnie Huq, Harry Heape and Sairish Hussain, Bradford Stories has launched an exciting creative writing competition based on the theme of ‘Connections’. The competition is open to primary and secondary pupils, with opportunities for entrants to have their work published in an anthology, exhibited in local cultural venues and receive books for taking part.

The competition kicked off with virtual author visits with schools groups where the authors talked about how they became writers, shared tips and readings from their books. Primary sessions were delivered by Konnie Huq and Harry Heap and the links to the recording can be found below for you to use. The Secondary schools session will be hosted by Bradford author Sairish Hussain and Harper Collins have provided copies of her debut novel 'The Family Tree' which are availble for FREE to school groups who take part- AMAZING! See below for full details and be sure to sign up to recieve a set of copies of books. 

The link to the competition page is here: https://literacytrust.org.uk/competitions/connecting-stories-creative-writing-competition/bradford-creative-writing-competition/

 

For more information click here or email Michael.flynn@literacytrust.org.uk if you would like to sign-up for upcoming virtual author visit. 

 

Primary schools:

With support from Arts Council England, Bonnier Books, Faber & Faber and our amazing authors Konnie Huq and Harry Heape, Bradford Stories are inviting your pupils to take part in a creative writing competition focused on the theme of Connections’. The closing date for entries is 12th March 2021. Click here to find the competition entry form, resources and further guidance including author videos.

Entrants will have a chance to have their work published in an anthology, and exhibited in a local exhibition. They could write a story, letter, diary entry, news article or poem related to the theme. Creativity and imagination are encouraged! Helpful resource for descriptive writing.

  • The competition is aimed at KS2 pupils, but younger pupils are also welcome to participate.
  • All participants will receive signed certificates and there are book prizes for winning entries. There may also be opportunities for participating schools to receive book donations from our publisher partners.

I would also like to thank those of you who took part in our live author sessions with Konnie Huq and Harry Heape last month. We’ve had some amazing feedback and I’ve included the links here for you to share with pupils who weren’t able to make the sessions. I think these would be a really great resource to use to promote reading and writing for pleasure with your pupils: Konnie Huq author session/ Harry Heape author session. If you’ve used these with your pupils, we’d love to know what you think: Survey

We are really excited about launching this competition, and if you have any questions about getting involved please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

 

Secondary schools:

With support from Arts Council England, Harper Collins and the amazing Bradford-based author Sairish Hussain, Bradford Stories are inviting your pupils to take part in a creating writing competition focused on the theme of ‘Connections’. The closing date for entries is 12th March 2021. Click here to find the entry form, resources and further guidance including author videos. 

Entrants will have a chance to have their work published in an anthology, and exhibited in a local exhibition. They could write a story, letter, diary entry, news article or poem related to the theme. Creativity and imagination are encouraged!

  • The competition is aimed at KS3 pupils, but older pupils are also welcome to submit entries to be considered for the exhibition.
  • All participants will receive signed certificates and there are book prizes for winning entries. There will also be opportunities for participating schools to receive book donations from our publisher partners.

I am also delighted to invite you to a live virtual author session with Sairish on February 24th at 10:30am. This session will be streamed via Youtube, and will be accessible to pupils wherever they are. Sairish will talk about her journey as an author, and answer questions from your pupils to inspire them to read and write for pleasure.

If you are interested in getting involved in the competition and/ or participating in the virtual author visit, please email Michael.flynn@literacytrust.org.uk.

 

Best wishes

Imran Hafeez

 


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Published: 05/02/2021
Audience: Primary and Secondary Headteachers and Literacy/English Leads
Contact: Imran Hafeez

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