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Sharrow Junior School Writing competition
Sharrow Junior School Writing competition
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Youngsters across the city are being urged to put pen to paper as part of the Off the Shelf literary festival, taking place in venues across the city this month.

Schoolchildren aged from five to 18 are being asked to write or record a 250-word piece on the theme of Celebration and have the chance to win the Android PC and book tokens being given away by the event’s main sponsor Civica.

Popular chapter: Youngsters from Hunters Bar School take part in the writing competition.

Popular chapter: Youngsters from Hunters Bar School take part in the writing competition.

The contest has already been supported in infant, junior and secondary schools across Sheffield, but there is still time for young people to submit their entries online before the closing date on Friday.

Pupils from Hunters Bar Junior School took part in a writing session organised with the help of Civica, which provides IT-based learning environments in the city’s schools, where modern technology was used to unleash good, old-fashioned imagination. The children worked on their Celebration submissions in a special classroom exercise.

Headteacher Jill Hallsworth said: “We have had a great reaction from the whole school and the children have responded really positively to the competition.

“They have enjoyed putting their ideas forward and the excitement of entering a competition has given them a real-life purpose for creative writing and online engagement. They have all been keen to let me know that they have done something they are proud of.”

Off the Shelf has shown dedication to stimulating young minds in Sheffield since its launch earlier this month. One of the key events was a poetry party with award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah, where students from across the city performed live on stage with Benjamin in a celebration of rhythm and rhyme.

A series of free events, sponsored by Civica, will be taking place in the city’s community libraries before the festival closes on November 3, including a talk with the winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award Jonathan Emmett and a workshop with writer and illustrator Lynne Chapman.

n Children can upload written, audio or video entries to the ‘Off the Shelf’ area of the Learn Sheffield website or email them to offtheshelf@civica.co.uk. Winners will be notified through Learn Sheffield and via email.