Sheffield youngsters scoop story-telling plaudits

Celebrations: Pupils were given their prizes by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell.
Celebrations: Pupils were given their prizes by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell.
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stories of triumph and celebration saw gifted young authors scoop prizes in a creative contest.

Haseeba Mohammed from Hunters Bar Junior School and High Storrs pupil Grace Powell won first place in the competition run as part of Sheffield’s popular Off the Shelf literary festival.

Their pieces, based around the theme of celebration, told stories about what happens at an Asian wedding in a lively podcast and how inventing a robotic arm for heart surgery saved lives in a written piece.

Runners-up Lily Moffat and Jack Holt were also honoured for their pieces about winning a race in the Olympics and football cup final.

The contest was organised by CIVICA, platinum sponsor of the festival earlier this year, which provides IT-based learning for Sheffield schools.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell presented excited youngsters with their prizes at a ceremony in the Town Hall.

He said: “It’s great to see young people involved in being creative and telling stories.

“Off the Shelf is a beacon to inspire young people and we’d also like to thank CIVICA for their support and for running this competition.”

During Off the Shelf CIVICA hosted a poetry party with award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah and also supported a series of free events in community libraries across the city.

Sarah Mann, head of E-Learning services at CIVICA’s education division, said: “We were really pleased to be involved in yet another fantastic Off the Shelf festival and to sponsor these awards.

“Being able to make sense of the world and express yourself is a great skill in life.

“Books, films, stories, blogs or lyrics, pen, paper, mobile phone or tablet PC – it’s not important.

“What is important is the enjoyment of writing for its own sake and sharing that with others.”

Off the Shelf is to return to the city next year for its 22nd event.