Local kids show pride for their town in ‘Love Keighley’ creative writing competition

24 Sep 2014

The Bradford Literacy Campaign has announced the winners of their ‘Love Keighley’ creative writing competition. Open to Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils at schools in Keighley, the competition’s aim was to inspire a love of writing in the town’s youngsters.

The judging panel which was led by acclaimed Bradford based poet and novelist, Joolz Denby enjoyed reading the entries which vividly described Keighley’s many sights, sounds, smells and tastes, including its fascinating cultural diversity, its very own stunning Worth Valley Steam Railway  and distinctive terraced streets. Entries were commended for their passion, courage in tackling difficult topics with maturity and original imagery, as well as their driving beats and enthusiasm.

For the Key Stage 2 category, the winner is Maryam Hayat, aged 11, the runner up isAnam Abdullah, aged 11 and Husnain Khalid, aged 12 was commended.  All three entered the competition when at Eastwood Primary and are now at University Academy Keighley. For the Key Stage 3 category, the winner is Zara Ahmed, aged 12 and the Runner-up is Zoya Ayman, aged 13. Both are at University Academy Keighley.

The two winners performed their pieces at the official launch of the Bradford Literacy Campaign and received certificates from Joolz Denby and the Lord Mayor.

Joolz Denby said: 
“The pieces were all so evocative of Keighley and taking part in judging has been a lot of fun. Congratulations to the winners and I urge all of Bradford’s young people to give creative writing a go – it’s a great way to get heard!”

Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager says:
“Storytelling through creative writing is a fantastic way for young people to express themselves and look at their surroundings in a new light. I really enjoyed meeting Keighley’s youngsters and hearing their enthusiasm for what makes their town unique. The Bradford Literacy Campaign is all about providing fun ways to improve literacy skills in the area and the passion in these entries show how empowering writing can be - I can’t wait to see what Keighley youngsters can achieve next!”