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Pupils’ stories of Hope read by award-winning author

Wolverhampton Grammar School librarians host Wolverhampton Young Authors' Prize for a third year.
Over 500 children in Years 3 – 11 from across Wolverhampton entered this year’s Wolverhampton Young Authors’ Prize competition with their original short stories based around the theme of ‘Hope’. 108 Finalists from Wolverhampton Grammar School, Christ Church Junior School, Highfields School, Caldmore Primary Academy, Codsall High School, Beacon Hill Academy, Poole Hayes Academy and St Jude’s CofE Academy were invited to attend the Grand Final which was held at Wolverhampton Grammar School on Tuesday 14th February.

Award-winning children’s author, Cliff McNish, attended the event to share his advice with the budding young authors and to announce the winners who have had their stories read and recorded by Cliff himself. Cliff is best-known for his debut fantasy series The Doomspell Trilogy, which has been published in twenty-six languages worldwide.

Congratulations to the winners who were selected from three categories: Years 3 – 5: Dylan (Wolverhampton Grammar School), Years 6 – 8: Sophia (Christ Church Junior School) and Years 9 – 11: Sophie (Codsall High School). Three runners-up were also announced, alongside four ‘highly commended’ stories; amongst the runners’ up was Wolverhampton Grammar School student, Siya (Year 4).

The prize which is in its third year, was created by WGS librarians Zoe Rowley and Duncan McAllister to inspire children and young people across the region to read and write for pleasure. WGS Head Librarian Zoe Rowley said, “We were delighted to see hundreds of young people from across Wolverhampton enter this year’s competition. The 400 word challenge encouraged young people to showcase their writing skills and create a unique story. It was a pleasure to meet over 100 finalists for the competition at Wolverhampton Grammar School today. To hear their winning stories performed by award-winning author Cliff McNish, will be a memory that these children will cherish for a lifetime. We hope that this year’s competition has inspired young people to continue reading and writing for pleasure.”

To learn more about this event, or other Library events at WGS, please contact Zoe Rowley via email: