English: ‘Trash’ author Andy Mulligan visits Bede’s

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Award-winning author Andy Mulligan came to Bede's on Friday 8th February, judging the First Year Short Story competition and speaking to students and parents across a series of workshops and presentations.

Mr Mulligan is the author of The Ribblestrop trilogy, a series of novels for teenagers which earned him the coveted Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2011.

His latest work, Trash, was shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie medal, with a film adaptation written by Richard Curtis and directed by Stephen Daldry currently in production.

In the build-up to Mr Mulligan's visit, English pupils across Bede's engaged in myriad activities including recording poetry readings, podcast discussions of how to write and edit stories and the writing of the stories themselves.

The eventual winner of the First Year Short Story competition was Harry Cannon, of whose work Head of English Matt Oliver said, "The story was very well crafted and a joy to read."

Mr Oliver continued, "We could tell that Harry had really thought about his word choices, and as a result he created a convincing sense of character. The ending of the story was extremely moving."

The results of Harry's efforts and those of many of his peers will be appearing shortly, alongside the recorded poetry readings and discussions of how to write, on bedes.org.

Mr Mulligan's next work, meanwhile, will be The Boy With Two Heads, which is set to be published on 6 June by David Fickling Books.