Students put their creative writing to the test in our annual short story competition.
Some of the winners with David Scott and the judges of the short story competition.
The competition was launched as part of the college’s award-winning First Steps Literacy Project, which has seen stories written by students published and made available for other students to borrow to help improve reading and writing skills.
Last year the project won the national ColRic (Council for Learning Resources in Colleges) Jeff Cooper Award.
This year’s short story competition was won by ESOL student Adele Galano, who received a Kindle Fire tablet.
In second place was Animal Care student Charlotte Lindley and in third place Plumbing student Dion Wykes. They won book tokens.
Runners-up were Margeurita Bailey from Creative Industries; Zubayr Bhatti from Business; and Fatima Dakir, Edyta Mordak and Michaela Svobodova from ESOL.
David Scott, Head of Learning Centres and Financial Support, commented: “The quality of entrants surpassed even our own high expectations.
“What really made it for me was the diversity of curriculum areas that participated with the top three entries coming from ESOL, Animal Care and Construction. Roll on next year!”
Judges were Mel Mills, Centre Liaison Officer; Tom Peach, Learning Centre Advisor/Subject Librarian; and Sue Eaton, Subject Librarian.
Mel said: “The entries made very interesting reading. It was lovely to read the differences of each individual writer’s mind-set, how they see/view things then put it into writing.
“I was equally excited to read stories from entrants from around the world as they are the ones that share cultural experiences.”
Tom said: “There were such diverse entries this year – stories about family, about zombies, love stories, fairy tales, nostalgic stories.
“Reading them all was such a pleasure. It really is true that everybody has the potential to be creative, and everybody has a story to tell. Well done everyone!”
Sue said: “The standard of entries this year was very high which made the judging process at times very difficult.
“It is quite clear from the range of subjects covered that the college has very articulate and imaginative students of which we should all be very proud.”