Amelia Cadmore and Phoebe Howes, both year 10 students at Haygrove School, were selected as a finalists of the prestigious Brunner Cup competition, an award presented by Taunton’s Richard Huish College to student’s from local schools for creative writing. Four further Haygrove students were also commended by the judges for the high standard of their writing, including Josh Hurford who received a Highly Commended certificate.
Amelia’s tale focussed on the impact of climate change on a poacher and his family living in the rural South African province of Motherwell, whilst Phoebe’s story told of someone living in an abusive relationship and used this as a metaphor for the current climate emergency.
“it was brilliant to hear that I had been selected as a finalist, it made me feel proud of my writing skills and I am glad that school encouraged us all to take part in the competition,” said Phoebe.
Now in its 24th year, the 2019 Brunner creative writing competition challenged pupils to write an imaginative, original short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem, on the highly topical theme ‘climate’. At the Presentation Evening on 27st November, the audience heard extracts from the winning entries.
Joseph Bennett, Assistant Principal of Richard Huish College commented ‘The creative writing across our partner schools and colleges is impressively high. We marvel at the creativity, variety and sheer craftsmanship of the entries we get. We have been delighted this year to welcome the involvement from new schools and hope to encourage even more next year”.