Crossing The Line : Creative Writing Competition 2011

CTLBannerCrossing the line was the first of the Creative Writing Competitions to be run by the Schools Library Services. The winners were chosen by author Pete Johnson.

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Key Stage Three Short Story Winners
1st HAZERA KHATUN Sir John Cass School Strikingly original, absolutely unforgettable piece which takes us inside the head of a person who ‘crosses all limits’ – the bully. Deeply felt story which says so much.
2nd NASRIN AHMED Central Foundation Girls School This gripping tale is written with great power and insight. Beautifully controlled yet full of emotion.
3rd RUBEKA ZAFAR Morpeth School A story about war yet written with such quiet power and fascinating detail. It builds to a most eloquent ending.
Commended SAHRA BOTAM Langdon Park A dramatic and gripping piece. A writer of great talent.
Commended SALMAN RAHMAN Stepney Green College An intense, highly original piece, written with great power and skill.
Highly commended MINHAJ CHOWDHURY Bow School for Boys A compelling narrative which also features a most likeable character.
Highly commended BILAL HAMMANI Bethnal Green Technology College The dialogue here is vivid and completely natural. A writer of great promise.
Key Stage Three Poetry Winners


1st NADIA RAHMAN Morpeth School Ambitious, challenging and highly original. Full of raw power. A superb achievement. Full of ideas and emotion.
2nd ZAHRA NABIL Bishop Challoner School Deeply felt, the ending is almost unbearable. Absolutely gripping and unforgettable.
3rd JOSHUA STREETE CAMPBELL Raines Foundation School Eloquent, absorbing, this poem is strikingly individual. At the end you already feel you know the writer. Last lines are devastating.
Highly  commended SYEDA KHATUN Langdon Park One of the most positive and inspiring of all the poems. This writer has great potential.
Highly commended MINHAJ RAHMAN Stepney Green School Shows great promise. Full of vivid phrases and images.
Highly commended SHAKILA  TASNIM Mulberry School Written in a gripping, conversational style. Extremely powerful ending.
 Commended AKASHI ALAM Morpeth  School I really like this. The writing is so natural and unforced. A detailed plot, but the writing style carries the reader along.
Key Stage Four Short Story Winners


1st ZAHRA DEERA Central Foundation Girls’ School I loved this: sad yet wise and life-affirming too.  Highly unusual and quite unforgettable.
2nd TASNIM SHORMEE AZIZ (Shormee) Bishop Challoner Collegiate College A superb achievement. It brings alive a character and a situation with wonderful depth and vividness.  I was thoroughly engrossed throughout.
3rd TAMARA BARRETT Bishop Challoner Collegiate College A fascinating opening, grips the reader at once. This story never relaxes its hold and the ending is incredibly powerful.
Highly commended RIMA RASHID Sir john Cass School Opening with a series of short sentences, sets the scene with economy and skill. The feelings of the main character are especially described
Highly commended OLIWIA LEWANDOWSKA Raines Foundation School Written with the power and precision of a poem. This writer shows huge promise.
Key Stage Four Poetry Winners


1st CHERRY WHIPP Central Foundation Girls’ School This is brilliant: stylish, funny, shocking and full of emotion. A highly original voice.
2nd JACKIE ANYURU Bishop Challoner Girls’ This makes its points in a direct, really affecting way. Last line is so poignant.
3rd RHIANNON HUTCHINGS Sir John Cass Very effective, compelling look at how the tiniest things can derail a relationship. Last verse shows vividly how devastating break-ups can be
Highly commended ALFRED GREEN Raines Foundation School Highly individual, striking, exciting poem. This writer has much to say.
Best in School Winners
Langdon Park School SAHRA BOTAM Langdon Park School A dramatic and gripping piece. A writer of great talent.
Morpeth School NADIA RAHMAN Morpeth School A superb piece of writing – ambitious and powerful.
Mulberry School SHAKILA TASNIM Mulberry School Extremely powerful yet written with disarming naturalness.
Raines Foundation School JOSHUA STREETE CAMPBELL Raines Foundation School Eloquent, absorbing and devastating poem.
Sir John Cass HAZERA KHATUN Sir John Cass An unforgettable piece – deeply felt and highly original.
Stepney Green School MINHAJ RAHMAN Stepney Green School Vivid and powerful. A writer of huge promise.
Prize-giving press release

With equally high ambitions, the winners of Crossing the Line, the 2011 Creative Writing Competition, were treated to spectacular views of the city from the 30th floor of the Clifford Chance offices in Canary Wharf.   Presenting their prizes along with words of advice and encouragement was celebrated author Pete Johnson who told the winners and their guests that the writing of Tower Hamlets students was the best in the country.

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service now organise this competition which has become an annual celebration of the best young writers in the Borough. This year first prizes in poetry and short story categories went to Zahra Deera and Cherry Whipp from Central Foundation Girls Secondary School, Nadia Rahman from Morpeth School, and Hazera Khatun from Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat Secondary School.  Pupils from Bethnal Green Technology College, Bow School of Maths and Computing, Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Girls School, Langdon Park School, Mulberry Girls School, Raine’s Foundation School and Stepney Green Maths and Computing College also won prizes for their work.

“The event was inspiring and the standard of writing was truly amazing,” said Gillian Harris, Head of Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service

Opening Times

Opening times

Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm

Christmas holiday

23rd December to 1st January : CLOSED