Historical Fiction Writing Competition

Welcome to the Altrincham Word Fest Historical Fiction Writing Competition! We are challenging pupils in Altrincham schools to produce a work of historical fiction of up to 1 000 words. We would like you to write a story that is based on an event, situation or person relevant to the history of Altrincham, Manchester or of your own hometown. We would like your story to … Continue reading Historical Fiction Writing Competition

Historical Fiction Writing Competition Winners: Alina Patwary

‘It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories. It was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment in … Continue reading Historical Fiction Writing Competition Winners: Alina Patwary

Historical Fiction Writing Competition 2020 Winners: Yvonne Gao

‘It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction Writing Competition 2020 Winners: Yvonne Gao

Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Matilda Collard

It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Matilda Collard

Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Holly Davies

‘It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Holly Davies

Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Imogen Burn

It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 winners: Imogen Burn

Historical Fiction competition 2020 Winners: Darcey Burke

‘It’s been a joy and a privilege to read all the entries to Altrincham Word Fest’s historical short story competition for schools during lockdown. At a time when many of us were barely able to concentrate, it’s so impressive that the students were able to research and put together such wonderful, sensitive stories; it was truly moving to read them during our own challenging moment … Continue reading Historical Fiction competition 2020 Winners: Darcey Burke

Writing in the time of covid-19

  Creative Writing during lockdown Seamus Kelly With extra time on our hands and with lots of very real issues to be concerned about because of the corona virus that can cause devastating illness it is easy to forget that theworld still turns. Musicians still play, artists still draw, paint and sculpt and writers still write. Writing groups, workshops and performances have moved on-line and … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

  Tom Jenks   There are ghosts bouncing on our lockdown trampoline, untroubled by social norms or overhanging branches.       Tom Jenks   Welcome to my home office, I am making amulets, in virtual meetings, looking up my own nose.   Good morning, blackbird, you are wise today, perched on the tweezers, predicting snowfall.   I am gazing steadfastly over the reservoir. I … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

When This Is Over Reshma Ruia When this is over You will remember How the world was emptied of sound Silence strolled the streets In hush-hush slippers In the garden the first butterflies of spring Cartwheeling. Their smoked paprika wings Tremble against the bottle green and blue dazzle of light And you. Holding a cup of tea Fingertips warm against the china Watching and waiting … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19

Writing in the time of covid-19

A View From the Window C. D. Rose I crack open the window, noting how dusty it’s got, stick my head out of the narrow gap and look up and down the street I live on. To the left, there’s a late 70s low-rise industrial unit, steel mesh over its few windows, a corrugated plastic roof. A plume of white smoke still rises from the … Continue reading Writing in the time of covid-19