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Original Writing and Illustration Awards

Welcome to our Annual Original Writing and Illustration Awards!

These awards celebrate the creativity of both Huish students and Year 9-11 pupils from the local area. Each year, students are invited to explore a set theme to create either an original piece of writing or poster design; the theme set for 2020 was ‘Lockdown’.

Whilst selecting Lockdown as a theme in 2020 felt obvious, the avenues our creative writers and imaginative artists explored were far reaching and varied. Our judges were impressed by how students interpreted the brief to create such inspiring and emotive works. A huge well done to all those shortlisted – view their entries below alongside further details of each competition. The awards are made up of four competitions in total; The Brunner Cup (Years 9-11), The Ross Paterson Award (Huish) and the two Lucas Cups (Huish and Year 9-11).

Watch our Virtual Ceremony below to discover our 2020 winners!

Brunner Cup Entrants 2019

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Brunner Creative Writing Prize. It was set up with money left by writer John Brunner, a good friend of Huish’s most illustrious former pupil, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.

The competition, open to Year 9-11 students, invited pupils to write an imaginative piece based on the title Lockdown. The format could be a short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem within a word limit of  approximately 1,500 words. Schools shortlisted their top 5 entries to be entered into The Brunner Cup.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our 2020 competition.

 

 

 

Ross Paterson

Ross Paterson

The Ross Paterson Creative Writing Award for Huish students was set up in 2016 by Helen Evans in memory of her nephew, Ross Paterson, a former Huish student with a flair for creative writing. She and her friend Charlotte Pitman have established the charity ‘Get Home Safe’ after Ross’ life was ended while walking home from a night out.

This competition is open to Huish students only and they were invited to write an imaginative piece based on the title Lockdown. The format could be a short story, dramatic monologue, play script or poem within a word limit of approximately 1,500 words.

Follow @GetHomeSafeUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Get home safe logo

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our 2020 competition.

Get Home Safe team

Get Home Safe team

Introduced 11 years ago, the Lucas Cup for Artistic Writing features writing with accompanying illustration on a set theme. The competition is made up of two categories, one competition for Huish students and one open to Year 9-11 pupils.

All entrants were invited to design a poster using the title Lockdown.

  • Illustrations could be hand-drawn or digital
  • The poster produced must be on A3 sized paper.
  • The title should highlight a Lockdown-related statement, figure or fact.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for our 2020 Lucas Cup competition for Year 9-11.

Below (in no particular order) are the top shortlisted entries for both 2020 Lucas Cup competitions.

 

At Huish you can study English Literature A Level – looking at literary styles and ideas across novels, poetry, plays and short stories; you can also study English Language A Level, looking at the development of words across time and over our own life times, including spoken language and non-literary texts – online language, legal language and speeches to name but a few varieties…

 

While there is no creative writing as such, you will study and practise journalistic writing (blogs, podcasts, editorials) on the English Language course and you will study the fictional writing of others in English Literature.

 

We often offer a lunchtime enrichment group to enable students to develop their own creative writing and many have gone on to study writing, publishing or to write for leisure, often entering competitions along the way. We endeavour to publish as much of our own students’ writing as possible in College enterprises such as our CREATE magazine, which publishes the leading entries from the Brunner, Patterson and Lucas competitions.

 

Many Huish students have gone on to write for leading publications (The Times, The Sun, many magazines) and present on major broadcasters (BBC, ITV) and we always suggest that anyone interested writing gets as much practical experience as possible.

 

Marcus Barrett, Course Manager of English Language