Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Smart Alex Creative writing winners announced


The winners of the inaugural national Smart Alex creative writing competition have been announced to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Alexander Turnbull's birth 14 September, 1868.

A poem by Kristen Roxburgh from Selwyn College, Auckland was the winning entry of Year 9-10 group and a short story by Charlotte Boyle from Cashmere High School, Christchurch won the Year 11–13 category.

Over 200 students competed for the $2000 dollar prizes, sponsored by the Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL), and promoted through the National Library’s Services to Schools channel.

“We are very heartened by the large number on entries in the two age levels” said Rachel Underwood from FoTL, who was on the judging panel.

“The winning entries showed highly individual and original responses to the image chosen.”

Right Side Up by Kristen Roxburgh was a beautifully formed poem based on the Chinese shawl, told simply and poignantly. Charlotte Boyle’s entry Crotchety Crochet was a clever evocation of the effort of generations of women knitting and sewing for their families.

The goal was to connect young minds with the heritage of New Zealand/Aotearoa through the Alexander Turnbull Library (ATL) collections.

Students had to select an item from the ATL collections and respond imaginatively to it. And they certainly did! Hundreds of entries flooded in, covering everything from popular culture (Fortnite) to historical events — the eruption of Mt Tarawera proved a popular and explosive topic.

There were poems, drawings, and stories, some even included photographic work.

The winners, their entries and the image they selected can be found on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website.

It was FoTL's generosity that initiated and funded this year's competition. Another is planned for 2019. An announcement will be made in February 2019.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Off The Hidden Path - Five Los Angeles Treasures (Part I)

The immense cultural diversity of LA provides an extraordinary variety of lifestyles and arhcitecture. Here are five 'hidden' destinations where the discerning traveller can appreciate and enjoy this unique and constantly evolving metropolis. More>>


City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch

Produced in New Zealand with an $8 million budget, this musical comedy has been created with both locals and tourists in mind. More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time, finishing second in the final race of the season in Sonoma, California. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland