Sheffield’s budding authors prove they have the write stuff

Winners of the Birley College storytelling contest: Alex Daniel, Clare Hughes,  Alannah Greene,  Joshua Hall and Katie Padmore.
Winners of the Birley College storytelling contest: Alex Daniel, Clare Hughes, Alannah Greene, Joshua Hall and Katie Padmore.
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TONS of tales were told when a Sheffield community was challenged to take part in a creative writing celebration.

The Telling Tales project at Birley College involved pupils of primary and secondary age - and adults too. Winners were announced at a presentation evening attended by over 100 parents and carers.

Alex Daniel won in the 14- to 16-year-olds category, Katie Padmore the 11s to 14s, Joshua Hall the seven to 11s, and Alannah Greene the under sevens. Claire Hughes was the adult winner.

All will soon be enjoying a day out at the Harry Potter Studios theme park in London, and seeing their work published in a book.

Winners were announced by local children’s author Malcolm Rose in the college’s new assembly hall.

Assistant principal for literacy Tom Gardiner said the idea was to simply celebrate the art of telling a story.

“This is something we all do on a daily basis so we wanted to encourage everyone to share their stories and to realise we all have a tale to tell,” Tom said.

“We had many great works of fiction as well as stories based on real life events, with nearly 900 stories overall.”

Tom said teaching and learning had focused firstly on inspiring children into thinking of a central idea to base their story upon.

“In the primary school, classes gathered around treasure chests and discussed where the mysterious objects inside might have come from,” he said. “The shortlisted stories were a delight to read - funny, sad, amazing, devastating.”

Principal Steve Robinson added: “It’s been a wonderful collaborative project across the whole of the Birley learning community.”