Creative Writing at Halliford School
The calibre of creative writing at Halliford School, Shepperton, has reached a standard unequalled by other schools - that is the view of bestselling author Graham Taylor. He was speaking at the writing awards ceremony, where he presented the prizes.
This was the second year of the competition, which attracted over three hundred entries. As well as judging the eighteen finalists, Mr Taylor led workshops during the day for all age groups - where they picked up valuable advice on refining work for different audiences.
Mr Taylor, who writes under the name of GP Taylor, is noted for novels including Shadowmancer and Wormwood. The former is to be filmed as a mini-series for television.
"I`m just surprised at seeing writing of this calibre from Halliford students" he told an invited audience at the school. "Other schools I have been to have come nowhere near this standard."
In the junior category for poetry Joe Flynn won the award for his poem on a train journey. Austin Wood won the junior prose award for his story about gerbils and Henry Edwards won the intermediate poetry prize for his poem about a bird of prey.
In the intermediate prose category Matthew Richardson`s story about a market was the winner, with Tom Phillips short personal verse scooping the senior category poetry prize. Oliver Swan`s carefully constructed story about his lucky day won him the senior category prose award.
The event, introduced by the Headmaster, Phillip Cottam, was organised by the school`s English department.Published: April 16 2014