The Young Women’s Reading Event in the Norfolk And Norwich Millennium Library on the 8th March was very successful despite a few microphone-height hiccups. The quality of the readings was very strong and Matilda Pine played and sang with verve and originality. Charlotte Creed, the library’s Community Development Worker for young people aged 13-19 wrote in her evaluation of the ‘astounding’ quality of the entries. The event attracted an audience of around 50. The young women performed with confidence and what they said was thought-provoking, emotive and brave.
It was a very difficult task to select just one of the pieces for the book token donated by Jarrolds. In the end, we awarded the prize to Mary Donegan from the Hewett School for observation, wit and great use of dialogue.
All the writing had its strengths and there was a particular energy, style and excitement about it all.
We, the organisers, applaud all the girls who took part.
Thanks to Charlotte Creed and Gwen Parker at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, Hayley Ross and Danny the librarian at The Hewett School, Matilda Pine and all the girls. And thank you too to Jarrolds for the book token and to Hodder & Stoughton for donating hardback copies of Jenn Ashworth’s The Friday Gospels which we were able to give to all of the girls who took part.