Now students' work will be red all over
PUPILS are celebrating an exciting chapter in their studies after their first book was published.
Students at Hessle High School have had a collection of poems and plays published in their first anthology, Embroidered With Red.
The anthology features winning poems and plays written for a creative writing competition held at the school to celebrate National Poetry Month and Shakespeare's birthday.
The title Embroidered with Red was chosen to reflect the theme of all things red – including love, passion, desire and death.
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Monika Davison, an English teacher at the academy, said: "At Hessle High we believe talent should be nurtured and celebrated.
"As a writer myself, I felt publishing an anthology would be a perfect celebration of the hard work and dedication our students have put in and what they have achieved.
"Apart from becoming a published author, registered with their own ISBN number, the students have developed in their abilities to express themselves, learnt how to experiment with language and form and are now recognised among their peers as local celebrities."
All students at the academy were invited to take part in the competition – the only criteria for entries was for students to write an original piece.
Budding writers could choose poems or one-act plays.
There was an overwhelming response to the competition, which attracted a high standard of entries.
The winners were selected by a panel of English teachers at the school and A-level art students Heather Dixon and Devon Bell then produced the illustrations for the book.
Pupils at the academy were impressed with the anthology.
Year 11 student Rebecca Johnson said: "The book is an excellent collaboration of Hessle High writers as their individual work has been published to the real world, rather than to their classmates.
"The book's structure is beautifully put together with the way the poems and plays are set out."
Student Kaine Foster, who is also in Year 11, said: "The book is an amazing achievement for the school but mostly for the students who have their poems and scripts published as it can lead them on in future careers."
Miss Davison said pupils are already preparing for the academy's 2013 competition, Embroidered With Blue.
She said: "I've already had ten entries even though the deadline is Easter.
"We are hoping the competition will not only allow us to identify potential writers early but also provide them with advice and guidance from the very early stages.
"We are hoping this first book is just the beginning of a long tradition.
"Who is to say that one day our very own authors won't be standing proudly next to such names as William Shakespeare or Alan Bennett."