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Stoke pupils see their literary designs go from paper to pottery

13 Jun 2017

Emma Bridgewater WinnerThree pupils in Stoke-on-Trent saw their literary-inspired designs brought to life in pottery form at the Emma Bridgewater Factory, after winning a competition from the Stoke Reads campaign.

Pupils across Stoke-on-Trent were challenged to design a plate inspired by their favourite read. Hundreds of submissions were received from 16 schools across the city and three pupils’ designs were chosen as the winners by Emma Bridgewater herself:

  • Reggie Glazzard from St. Mary’s CE Primary School, aged 5, won the Years 1-4 category with his colourful plate design based on The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt
  • William Dale from St. Nathaniel’s Academy, aged 9, won the Years 5-7 category with a detailed design inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo
  • Liberty Gill from Haywood Academy, aged 13, won the Years 8-11 category with her intricate design based on the bestselling The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins

After the three designs were created at the Emma Bridgewater Factory, they were presented to the winners at the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival on 10 June. The winners also won tickets to an event at the Literary Festival, and will also be able to enjoy an experience day at the factory with their family.

Runners up in each category have received book tokens to inspire their next read.

View the winning three entries here.

Gill James, headteacher at St. Mary’s CE Primary School, whose student Reggie won his age category, said:

''As a reading school we continually look for ways to instil a love of reading. This super competition was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Well done Reggie for being a winner!''

Jason Vit, National Literacy Trust Hubs Manager said:

“We were blown away by the level of creativity among the entries, which showed how pupils across Stoke-on-Trent have interpreted characters and themes in their own unique ways. From novels to comics to non-fiction, it was fantastic to see the number of different reading formats that inspired pupils’ designs. A huge well done to Reggie, William and Liberty – it was great to see their designs on display at the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, where they were part of a fantastic celebration of books and writing.”

The Stoke Reads campaign is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Literacy Hub, which we have developed with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, delivered in partnership with the City Learning Trust. The Hub encompasses a range of innovative projects and partnerships with local services, libraries, businesses and schools.

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