The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is a fantastic creative writing competition.
If you are interested in history and writing this is the competition for you!
There are two entry categories, 11 - 15 and 16 - 19 and entrants must live in the UK. The work must be at least 800 words and set in a time before you (as the writer) were born. It can take many forms, a story, a diary, letters, poetry, drama or reportage.
The closing date is 31 October so plenty of time, but entries must be made by post so we are giving you lots of notice. Details of the competition can be found here. The entry form, which you will need to print and post, can be found here.
This fantastic 500 Wordscompetition opens on Monday the 29th of June 2020 at 6.30 am.
Children aged between 5 and 13 are invited to respond to themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement in whatever way they wish, but in no more than 500 words and in the form of a story. Closing date Friday 3 July 2020 at 11.59 pm. Submit your entry using the formhere. We are really looking forward to hearing some of the stories, which will be read out by special guests on Virgin Radio, throughout the competition.
Emily in Year 11 wrote this fantastic piece for us. We are great fans of Hans Rosling.TEDdescribes him as "a world health expert" and "data visionary" but he was so very, very much more than that. We would recommend any of his amazing TED Talks. Be careful though, you could easily lose a day or two.
Thank you Emily for such a beautiful piece of writing.
Hans Rosling, the main author of this book, devoted the final years of his life to writing Factfullness, before passing away
in 2017. His famous TED Talks influenced thousands of people from all paths of
life. In his talks, he made many geniuses seem clueless.
As humans, we have many instincts in
common. Some examples from the book are: the straight line instinct, the fear
instinct, the size instinct, the destiny instinct, and the blame instinct. These
instincts explain why many of us are drawn to dramatic news such as natural
disasters and human conflicts.
We are constantly fed negative content
through mass media and this can spiral us into pessimistic thoughts, causing us
to develop a cynical mindset. Yes, there are many horrific things happening all
the time across the world, and yes they often need to be addressed (such as
discrimination), but there is also a great deal of positive progress which is persistently
ignored. Less people would watch the news if it was talking about small-scale,
slow, optimistic change.
At the beginning of the book is a short
quiz. There are 13 questions. Barely anybody gets more than 8 correct, even
people from top companies, economists, environmentalists and scientists. This
not only highlights our human instincts, but also how limited our global
knowledge is. The questions are simple facts that we all ought to know... yet
most people have no idea. Reading this book is a great way to learn about the
world and to develop understanding of your own instincts and how to control