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Annie’s Booker Creative Writing Competition – Sheffield University

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.

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Kian’s Booker Creative Writing Competition – Sheffield University

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!

Kian – Rise of the Unexpected

It was one, normal day for everyone in the city of Mittleton. Birds were tweeting, cheerfully to their morning song. Everyone in the local neighbourhood loved their chirping and musical happiness to the morning. These birds were a rare type, not found anywhere except Mittleton. Nobody knew what they were. Someone wanted to do the worst to find out. The birds’ started to get to the main part of the majestic song. Suddenly, bang. One of the birds yelled out an ear-bleeding pitch. 5 seconds later, silence, followed by 4 other sounds of gunshot, like a firework screeching up and then making a bang. Mittleton wasn’t the same for the next few days. Nobody knew who committed the terrible crime, nobody knew if the city was ever going to be the same again. Nobody knew where the birds were.

A pet shop, stood unattractive in the middle of the row of small businesses. It had a sign, something you wouldn’t normally see on a pet shop window. That sign was, ‘No Pets Allowed’. The sound of dogs barking from the opposite house was gone, like it had been muted. The local park, full of humans, no animals. A news broadcast was playing in the coffee shop. “Millions of people are requested to remove their house-pets as an outbreak of violence from animals has begun today. People are also advised to stay away from animals. Experts are looking at what could have caused this and why,” the reporter explained. Mittleton was quiet, nobody in the streets. The sky was grey, due to the stress on the power generator just outside the town. The hospital was filled of cases involving several animals biting people. Most people were at home, sitting and watching television, scared. You could still have a threat of a little bug sneaking through a tiny hole in your house.

All stayed the same for the next few days until, one day the first sight of birds flying for ages. They landed next to the bakery, but they weren’t asking for bread. They wanted to help people. They couldn’t help people due to the fact that nobody was allowed to go near them. One more day later, the streets were full of animals trying to get into their owner’s houses, but everyone was refusing them in. Nobody dared step a foot outside.

Another news broadcast came in; it was reporting on the animal outbreak again. It said ‘Breaking News on the so-called ‘Animal Outbreak’. Scientists have been looking at the matter for 1 week now and have come up with an answer, no animals turned evil. It was the gunshot sound that sent the animals crazy. They were scared for their owners, so they started biting them. It lasted a couple of days because several other shots of that same gun happened, very far away. It was that moment then, that everyone realised that they should look after their pets, like they look after them. The joy everyone had when they had permission to reopen their doors to greet their pets. It was wonderful for everyone, and Mittleton was back to normal again, but more than normal.​

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Spine Chillers Entries

Students at TWB wrote some short stories to submit for the ‘Spine Chillers’ competition. Taking the festive season as an influence, Ecclesfield students created a short, spooky Santa-related story. You can read two of the entrants’ stories below!

Kian, Y8:

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Doctor Who was booming out of the television, as the leftover turkey was eaten. The crackers were pulled. The television started to stutter. The mistletoe on the door blew away.

Suddenly, a bang on the door… Mark opened it, with the strong wind shivering down his spine. It was a recognisable figure, with evil red eyes and a dark look on its face. The figure walked into the house. The Doctor Who theme blasted once more, then faded away as it flew out the window, along with everything else Mark loved. The house was left empty, deserted and dusy.

Annie, Y7: 

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Maya rapidly ripped open her unusually large present. Her body glimmered in the blinding glow of the contents. All of a sudden, a flaming luminous dragon zoomed out of the box, fire shooting out with every breath. Maya shrieked in terror. The creature had just had a near miss at her face; at a last chance of escape, Maya yanked open the door – but before she could run, the monster roared and wiped out the street. And all that was left was a blazing inferno…

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