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27th Jun, 2022

Winners of Droitwich Spa High School's creative writing award are announced

TWO pupils from Droitwich Spa High School have proved they have the ‘write stuff’ with the announcement of the winners of a literary competition.

After much deliberation and a rigorous process the winning story in the Karen Moore Award for Creative Writing, sponsored by the Droitwich Arts Network, was won by Grace Rogers in year 12.

Martha Frapwell in year 11 finished runner-up.

Both will be presented with a hard back copy of Ross Armstrong’s first book ‘The Watcher’ and Grace, as winner will also receive the Karen Moore Trophy and a cash prize of £100 kindly donated by the Droitwich Arts Network.

The accolade was named after Karen Moore who was the school’s deputy head for many years.

She and DAN chair Helen Karakashian shortlisted the two pieces of prose and then Ross Armstrong, former Droitwich Spa High School student who is now a successful author living in London, decided the first and second place.

Mrs Moore said: “Creative writing has always been close to my heart and after I retired I really wanted to give something to the school that was for all of the students so that they show off their skills, creativity and imagination.

“This year’s competition had entries from a wide age range and they all demonstrated immense talent in their writing.”

This year, students were given the title ‘The world is on fire’ which they could interpret as they saw fit.

Ross added: ‘I’m so glad the school held the competition despite recent events because I think these are really strong entries and it provides an opportunity that’ll be really special for those that entered and indeed those that will enter in future.

“I’m so impressed with these stories, in terms of technical elements like vocabulary and pure storytelling.

“It’s a wonderful thing to have this competition.

“Now more than ever, we are in need of keeping our imaginations alive and broadening our horizons whenever we can.”

He congratulated the finalists, winner and everyone involved for taking part, adding it was fantastic for the students to have the opportunity.

Helen said: “Droitwich Arts Network is delighted to be supporting this creative writing competition.

“It is has been a joy to judge such high quality writing.’


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