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This has been a week of literary and poetic fulfilment at West Buckland School. Firstly we had two students in the top three entries in the Lucy Perry Literary Competition, in a week when we also had several visits from authors associated with the Appledore Book Festival.

First and third prizes in Lucy Perry Literary Competition

We were delighted that two of our students were placed in the top three of the Lucy Perry Literary Competition, an event run by the Exmoor Society. Isaac Spear was granted first place and Jazz Clark was awarded third place, so we are very proud of both students for capturing their feelings about Exmoor so beautifully.

Thank you to the Exmoor Society for coming in to present the awards, and to our librarian Lucy Warrillow and the English Department for making it happen.

Isaac's winning entry; 'Devon'

Jagged cliffs, foaming seas
Rolling hills, soaring trees
Pelting rain, blazing heat
Scorching sand beneath my feet

Rutting stags, racing hares
Baby badgers caught in snares
Buzzing bees, pheasants shot
I think we should protect the lot

Wind swept moors, battered tents
Poohsticks played in rivers bent
Summer fetes, squelching mud
Thank heavens for the local pub

Peaceful living, gentle life
Patchwork hills, starry nights
Stunning beaches, lovely drives
soothing silence, it makes me thrive

Visits from Bali Rai and Dave Cousins inspire our young readers and writers.

As part of the Appledore Book Festival schools programme, Year 7 and 8 enjoyed visits from two popular children’s authors this week. All of Year 7 listened to the amazing Bali Rai talk about his new book ‘Now or Never a Dunkirk Story’, a fascinating story about the unknown Indian Empire muleteers of World War Two. He also gave an inspiring talk about reading for pleasure.

The following day, the fabulous Dave Cousins came in to run a Creative Writing workshop with some Year 8 students. The starting point for their stories was the title ‘I would never…’ which lead to some pieces of fantastic writing! Thank you to both the authors for visiting, and also to Claire Barker, a children’s author who visited Prep School this week to talk to the children about her stories.