Short Story Competition Winners

We're delighted to announce the winners of our Short Story Competition, who each receive £100 worth of Arts Centre gift vouchers.  Congratulations to both winners, who were up against some strong opposition.  Thanks again to all who entered the competition and a massive thanks to our judges.

16+ Class Winner: Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness'
Download Lizzie's story or  Listen to Lizzie read her story.

11 - 15 Class Winner: Hester Readman with 'Yew Cottage'
Download Hester's story or  Listen to Hester read her story.

16+ Class Winner: Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness'
Lizzie lives in Shaftesbury with her husband, daughter and dog. She works as an equine veterinary surgeon in the local area and writing is a hobby. This is her first attempt at entering a writing competition.

She says 'I was inspired to write this story after attending a piano and mindfulness workshop with my mother earlier this year. One of the teachers was a violinist who had a loaned violin and she talked about her male benefactor and their relationship. I thought it would be interesting to tell a story about the kindness of a benefactor from both points of view but as a feminist, I also wanted to challenge the notion that the benefactor has to be male as they so often are. I recognise in myself how much I can often have internalised a certain way of thinking and it was fun to explore that within this story.

I am blown away by the result. Thank you so much to the Shaftesbury Arts Centre for organising this competition and bringing some light and focus to this strange time. Thank you also to the judges for taking the time to read and comment on my story. I hope that you enjoy reading it.'

Here’s what our judges had to say about Lizzie’s story:

Fiona Dart said ‘A life full of many acts of kindness was nicely paced and well planned. The writer has created engaging, believable characters with both a past and a future who I cared about from the start. It is elegantly written, meets the theme with subtlety and left me wanting more.’
Tiggy Walker said ‘There were many strengths to it. Three well rounded characters - two with a real arc, an engaging story and above all, a story with a lesson - don’t jump to obvious conclusions with people. The story left me with a glow in my heart - especially for the benefactor Greta, who I really liked. I think to achieve this in such a short story was a real achievement.’

11 - 15 Class Winner: Hester Readman with 'Yew Cottage'
12 year old Hester lives in Iwerne Minster with her Mum, Dad and younger brother. She says 'I have always loved reading and writing and was inspired to start writing after meeting Jaqueline Wilson in a cafe and have since been encouraged by my teachers. This is the first writing competition I have won and I hope you enjoy my story about a random act of kindness.'

Here’s what judge Rosemary King had to say about Hester’s story:
Yew Cottage is a story of our time....recognising the elderly as people, and reaching out to befriend them. It’s written in the first person and shows the fear verging on ridicule that her friends felt towards to the old lady as they passed her house every day. The adult involvement was slight but realistic.... and there’s some good descriptive writing. At the end of the story the writer is an adult looking back on the event and involving her own children ...a nice touch.’

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Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how!

http://ow.ly/illT50zUNQ0

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting!

Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place!

http://ow.ly/D65z50zUNKV

The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/TDmv50zUVh8

Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it!

Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year?

https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/

Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/Sl9y50zUV4q

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    shaftesburyarts: "Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how! 
http://ow.ly/HuUG50zUNQ1

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting! Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place! http://ow.ly/7jWo50zUNKT

    shaftesburyarts: "Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting!

Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place!

http://ow.ly/7jWo50zUNKT"
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  • The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/YbDt50zUVh7

    shaftesburyarts: "The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings  #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/YbDt50zUVh7"
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  • Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it! Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year? https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/

    shaftesburyarts: "Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it! 
Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year? 
https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/"
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  • Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/KsN950zUV4p

    shaftesburyarts: "Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/KsN950zUV4p"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Doe a deer a female deer.......have you decided on which song you are singing yet? 
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  • Introducing 'Once upon a line' - do you have a passion for writing short stories? Well - come and join us! To submit a story, either create an audio file, ensuring that you include the story title and your name at the beginning, or send us a written version and we will read it on your behalf. Submissions to press@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk. http://ow.ly/LupP50zUNfv

    shaftesburyarts: "Introducing 'Once upon a line' - do you have a passion for writing short stories? Well - come and join us! 
To submit a story, either create an audio file, ensuring that you include the story title and your name at the beginning, or send us a written version and we will read it on your behalf. Submissions to press@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk.

http://ow.ly/LupP50zUNfv"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Check out our 'move and groove' workshops - 
Sat 6th June 10.30am: Joy of Movement - come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can do sitting on a chair in needed.

Sat 13th June 2.30pm: Clapping Routine - no dance experience needed and no space needed! 
Sat 20th June 10.30am: Come and try out a routine today! Details to be confirmed but something for everyone!

Sat 27th June 2.30pm: Come and try out your Cha, cha, Charleston!

Sat 4th July 2.30pm: Come and try out your ballerina style with a ballet taster

Booking essential - https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/lockdown-moves-and-grooves/

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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