The Ross Paterson Trophy winners
Entrants to Richard Huish College’s annual creative writing competition stepped back in time to create innovative pieces based on titles inspired by old sayings.
The Brunner Competition, run by Huish for partner schools, challenged pupils to write up to 1,500 words for an imaginative, original short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem. The competition celebrated its twenty second year with a record entry from the partner schools: nearly 300 entries from nine schools. The schools taking part were Bishop Fox’s Community School, The Castle School, Court Fields School, Haygrove School, Heathfield Community School, Stanchester Academy, The Taunton Academy, The Kings of Wessex Academy and West Somerset College. The Huish English department judged the Brunner competition this year and were impressed by the calibre and quantity of entries, awarding the Brunner Cup to Matilda Helyer (The Castle School).
Brunner Cup finalists (L to R) – Julia Jeziorny (Heathfield), Charlotte Grant (Kings of Wessex), Jonathan Brown (Haygrove), Jess Strong (Bishop Fox’s), Holly Moule (Haygrove)
Huish students also got inspired entering their work into the exclusive Ross Paterson Creative Writing Award, offered by the trustees of the charity Get Home Safe. The judges for the Paterson trophy were the Get Home Safe founders, Helen Evans and Charlotte Pitman who concluded Alice Ball should take first prize for her piece ‘A thorn in the flesh’, which they said was ‘beautifully crafted, with pleasingly varied sentences’.
Alice Ball (Huish), winner of the Ross Paterson award holding her trophy
For the third year, as part of the Huish Trust, Year 7 and 8 pupils of The Taunton Academy were invited to submit their entries using the same titles into their own Brunner competition. There were many lively and highly imaginative entries with first place being awarded to Chris Wood.
Chris Wood (Taunton Academy)
The sister competition, the Lucas Cup for Artistic Writing, was won by Huish’s Bex Merrell, with The Castle School coming to the fore in the partner schools’ section with Nimi Bajracharya scooping first prize with her excellent contribution. The judges of the Lucas Cup was Huish’s recently-appointed Head of Visual Arts, Tjark Schoenfeld and Head of School, Saffron Lee.
Bex Merrell (Huish)
At the Presentation Evening on 22nd November, the audience heard extracts from the winners as they collected their trophies. Sue Morkane, event organiser and Brunner Cup judge, commented ‘The creative writing across Devon and Somerset schools and colleges is impressively high. We judges marvel at the creativity, variety and sheer craftsmanship of the entries we get. It is not surprising that we have increased the number of prizes across all categories to 38 this year, in recognition of the number of excellent entries - to quote one of the old sayings used as a title this year: they really have gone ‘the extra mile’.