This month, students have been working towards the writing competition for the Booker Foundation Universities Initiative with the University of Sheffield. The winner will receive a copy of each of the six novels shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
For inspiration, students have thought about the issues raised in this quote from Karen Joy Fowler: “We have underestimated our fellow animals at every turn, mainly by being unable to see beyond ourselves.”
Their responses were fantastic – read them below!
Annie – No Porkies from the Pig
I hate it how humans always underestimate the power of us animals. Abhorrent behaviour, considering they don’t know half of what goes on in our lives. Painfully, my mother is slowly dying as the treacherous monsters (who call themselves humans) hacked off her legs to feed their families. What kind of creatures would do that? In addition, they looked in on mother earlier today, and one had the check to say, “Oh, it doesn’t matter. After all, she’s only a pig!” Mother is not just a pig, she is an alarm clock, a teacher, a security office, a counsellor and plenty of other things. However, there’s too many to list. I just wish they could see what it’s like in our shoes you know, always being underestimated.
Later that night…
I was sleeping in a bed. Not a hay bed, an actual bed. “Why was I in here? Wait, what? Why is my body so long? I’m not an adult yet, and even if I was, I wouldn’t be this big!” Slowly, I haul the excessive covers from my body, to find that I am a pig in human shape! I whiz down to the pig pen and I’m gobsmacked. I wished for the humans to be in our shoes, and literally, they’re in our shoes! “Hahahahahahahahaha! We can do whatever we want with these monsters now! I spoke too soon. I stepped into the pen, right into their trap. “Help! Help! I’m falling to the centre of the earth! Help!
Whew, it was just a dream. That needs to happen though, apart from the bit where I fell to the centre of the earth. EUREKA! I’ve just had a brain explosion! What I need to do is find Baba Oinka to heal mother and put the humans in their rightful places.