Young writer who beat thousands to win a spot in the penultimate round of the BBC’s 500 Words competition has inspired the next generation of Bury writers.
After Oliver James Lomax, a former pupil at Castlebrook High School, impressed judges with his story ‘Pine Trees at Chernobyl’, the school has been running their own writing competition.
The school were delighted to hear about their former pupil’s success, with English teacher Sarah Leech commenting: “We are all just so proud of Oliver and his achievements in the national contest.”
After being inspired by Oliver’s success, the school has received over 30 entries in their ‘Castlebrook 500’ competition for key stage 3 pupils.
The entries have now been shared amongst staff and members of the local community, creating a shortlist of entries for professional poet Oliver James Lomax to judge.
Mrs Leech, who acted as a judge in the school competition, said: “The whole Castlebrook 500 words competition has been fabulous – everyone in the school and local community have been really involved, and our links with the BBC competition have been great.”
The school, which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, will soon be hosting an afternoon of poetry and celebration to announce the winners of the Castlebrook 500.
Join the school on 11th July at 3.30pm to find out the winners of the Castlebrook 500 competition, view the stories and hear Oliver Lomax perform live.