A school pupil from Northwood has won a creative writing competition out of more than 500 entries.
Krishay Vora (pictured centre), a Year 6 pupil at St Martin’s School, won the Chilterns Bookshop Creative Writing Competition, which was open to entries from pupils in Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire.
In the Key Stage 2 category, the children were invited to choose a fictional character from a book and were asked to write a detailed description of their home, as well as its setting. Krishay wrote about the Grand High Witch in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
Two other pupils from St Martin’s School were highly commended for their entries. Kian Mitha (pictured left), also in Year 6, chose Will Beech from Goodnight Mister Tom, who shares Kian’s passion for trains and made his home a carriage.
Year 8 pupil Oscar Williams (pictured right) was commended for his short story in the 11-16 age category, where he was tasked with writing a story ending with the line: “There’s no place like home.”
Novelist Cressida Cowell, judged the competition and gave each of the pupils some fantastic feedback.
Regarding Krishay’s work, Cressida said: “This is very atmospheric writing, using fantastic description to create an eerie mood from the very beginning that’s very in-keeping with the Roald Dahl book. The drawing is brilliant accompaniment; it’s confident and fluid, and I like that you’ve zoomed in on some of the different rooms.”
For Kian, she said: “It’s a wonderful idea to take Goodnight Mister Tom and imagine Will Beech’s home in the future as railway carriage. You’ve done a great job of weaving some of the details of the original book.”
For Oscar’s work, she said: “A very powerful piece of writing that explores very skilfully the terrible dilemma that so many people face about whether to return home when the last experience of it was so violent. The use of time is especially clever – I love that the reopened sculpture gallery is the point of reference.”