Avon Valley student commended in Rotary Writing Competition

A Year 9 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has recently been presented with a certificate and given the opportunity to attend a workshop with a local writer and former poet laureate after entering a local writing competition.

Fortune House student, Harriet Lawrence, recently entered the local Rotary Club’s ‘Young Writer Competition’. To participate, entrants were required to produce a written or typed story entitled ‘A Different Perspective’, the written entry, of up to 500 words, could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece related to the theme.

Harriet’s hard-hitting story about Palestine was one of twenty entries selected by the competition’s judges to be displayed in Rugby’s Art Gallery and Museum. In July, as part of her prize, Harriet had the opportunity to attend a fun and creative writing workshop facilitated by professional writer Matt Black, who was Derbyshire Poet Laureate, 2011-2013.

Harriet Lawrence, who counts English, history and drama as her favourite subjects, said “I enjoy writing and I feel that attending the workshop was a good opportunity to develop my creative writing skills and will perhaps help me get my work published in the future.”

Headteacher, Alison Davies, said “It is wonderful to see that Harriet has been successful in a writing competition and has had the opportunity to explore writing techniques with a professional writer. To celebrate her success, and inspire other students, Harriet will be presented with her certificate in her year group’s award assembly.”