by Stephanie Potts, Year 12
On Wednesday 7th March, a group of students from both Year 10 and Year 12 attended an awards ceremony at the Literary and Philosophical Society (Lit and Phil) for the Young Writers’ Awards 2018. There were a number of entries from both year groups for the award, which included the categories Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. Earlier in the year, we were lucky enough to have Jessica Wortley, who is working on a PhD in Creative Writing, organise and run two workshops with us that prepared us for writing our entries, with the subject of our entries being ‘Journey’.
The evening was highly successful for St Thomas More, with one of our Year 10 students, Reicela Reinkopa (pictured above, 4th from the right), winning the Poetry award: her winning entry will be published in The Journal! Olivia Smith in Year 10 was also runner up in this category. Two students received further special recognition and runner up awards in the Fiction category: Niamh Scott in Year 10 and Lucy Hundrup in Year 12.
Students were lucky enough to meet David Almond, author of popular children’s novel ‘Skellig’, as he was giving out the awards. Along with this, each student who entered received an annual membership to the Lit and Phil library, making the experience incredibly worthwhile. We all learned a great deal from the process and are proud of the success of our fellow students.