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Calder Primary School students get creative and win short story writing competition

By Jazmine Ella Blackah 

Calderdale Council’s Short Writing Competition, including Sidney Dodds (far left) and Edith Davies (third from the left)


Edith Davies, winner of Calderdale Council’s Short Story Writing competition

Two students from Calder Primary School in Mytholmroyd won a short story writing competition, organised by Calderdale Council and based on BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words contest.

Sidney Dodds, winner of Calderdale Council’s Short Writing competition

Edith Davies, 11, won in the 10 to 13-year-old category with her story about a group of best friends who found all their belongings had gone missing.

Sidney Dodds, nine, won in the five to nine years category with his unusually entry about Donald Trump.

He said: “It was about a little girl called Lyla, making Donald Trump not president anymore.

“The idea just sort of popped into my head and I thought that would be a good thing to write about.


“I had dreams about winning the competition three times.

“I don’t really know how I won, I was like OMG how did I win.”

Kate Lambert, 34 , headteacher at Calder Primary School said: “It was initially up to them what they wrote about.

“They ranged from unicorns, to trolls, to Donald Trump. They were all quite unusual to be honest. They showed great imagination.”

Overall, there were over 80 entries from all the schools in the area that took part and three winners from each age category were chosen by judges from Calderdale Council.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ferman Ali and the Mayoress, Mrs Shaheen Ali, handed out the prizes at the Mayor’s parlour at Halifax Town Hall, before the children received a tour of the building.

The winners were given books, donated by the Book Corner book shop in the Piece Hall and a book token from the Council.



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